Burlesque is getting better. And so it should with the number of companies and clubs that are slithering up around the country.
Central to The Powder Room is Carol Ann Duffy’s poem Warming Her Pearls about a maid who has to keep her lady’s pearls warm by wearing them around her neck. Of course, in the world of burlesque this turns into a saucy lesbian romp.
The Powder Room cast has an innate understanding of this sort of show, pitching it just the right side of gothic/camp with outrageous voices and raunchy dance routines – the nipple tassel twirlers are a highlight. It is a great idea and wickedly original.
Lucinda Ryan as Ivy Paige, immersing herself in the idea of female drag, stomps around the stage sounding like one of Jack the Ripper’s victims, while her co-host Rosie Thorn (Eleanor Appleton) has perfected the cutesy squeak in her voice and accentuates her lisp.
It is just saucy good fun with great back up from the After Dinner Nymphs, who add weight to the dance numbers – the routine to the Scissor Sisters’ Filthy Gorgeous is fabulous.
More attention should be given to the finer details – running make up and the sudden end to the songs both of which make the show look a little amateurish.