How delighted I was to have found myself at a different venue to view the art form which is boylesque. Boylesque, for all you newbies out there, is basically burlesque for guys. Scanning over the crowd, I noticed a consistent demographic: women, aged either mid twenties or mid forties, and extremely rowdy. I was tickled to be sitting next to the Southern delightfulness of Miss Magnolia Jackson Pickett Burnside, who at times was more entertaining than the show itself!
It has always been a thought of mine with burlesque that unless that performer engages an audience in a moving and captivating way, it is essentially just a person taking their clothes off to music. It is never an easy feat to get up on stage and perform in front of an auditorium full of expectant onlookers, which is even more true while taking your clothing off. To do it in a manner that is engaging and entertaining, well… that takes talent. As I am an avid participant in this community, as well as a fan, it is easy for me to gauge a performer by audience reception, the ability to create connection and intimacy, and the general aptness of a particular skill displayed by a performer….