Burlesque at Revolution's Green Room: Art of Seduction or Boner Party?

Legs.
Legs.
Photo by Alan Pedroso

New Times Broward-Palm Beach Calendar Editor Mickie Centrone attends and details some of the finest -- and occasionally subpar -- events from a given week. Last Thursday, she crashed the "Death Becomes Her" murder mystery show at the Green Room in Fort Lauderdale.

"It reminds me of a party in the '60s I was at," says an older gentleman in the 70s range as he stares at three lifeless bodies lying on the stage, wearing nothing but lingerie. Arthur, a winker who was sporting a collared cerulean T-shirt and a bald head, is at the "Death Becomes Her" murder mystery burlesque show because his son kidnapped him. There are six dead girls on stage now, and Arthur is howling, "Oh,

baby, yeah" on repeat -- if ever a mute button existed... Then he repeats in full seductive mode the last lyric after the last song

finished playing, "Sexuality is great." Arthur says, "Burlesque is art, but it helps if you're stoned."

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Jayce, who spends his time either piercing body parts or handing out free cig coupons at local haunts near you, agrees with Arthur that sexuality is great. "I'll get boners wherever I can. One of the greatest things we get." This New Times representative cannot confirm. "Oh my God, there was so many sweet asses tonight. I'm pumped about that," Jayce goes on. So we talk about burlesque being compared to stripping. "If it's not stripping," says Jayce, "then I guess... it's burlesque. But it still moves me 6 to midnight." I then ask another man at bar: "Would you compare this to a strip club?" Federico responds, "No, not even close. I'm here with my wife, actually."

The show was well-executed. The choreography, the music (talk about the

ultimate sex mix tape), the film, the story, the performances, all made

this striptease art. This is how it went: Each dame was killed, and their murders were shown to the audience on a giant projector screen on the wall before each performance. Then one by one, they performed on stage, giving the audience a hint about their death using props such as a knife, a washing machine, a sauce pan, fire.

"Bang bang, that awful sound/Bang bang, my baby shot me down," flowed from the speakers at one point in the night.
"Bang bang, that awful sound/Bang bang, my baby shot me down," flowed from the speakers at one point in the night.
Photo by Alan Pedroso
This was their first date. "That doesn't look like a first date couple," noted the photographer when she showed me the picture.
This was their first date. "That doesn't look like a first date couple," noted the photographer when she showed me the picture.
Photo by Jacquelyn Katz

Preston knew it was a great first date spot. His reasoning? "Because it's not a movie, and there's no clothes involved, and who can go wrong with the Green Room?"
Preston knew it was a great first date spot. His reasoning? "Because it's not a movie, and there's no clothes involved, and who can go wrong with the Green Room?"
Photo by Alan Pedroso
She doesn't look dead, so you might think her to be the murderer. Nope. Just a Green Room employee.
She doesn't look dead, so you might think her to be the murderer. Nope. Just a Green Room employee.
Photo by Jacquelyn Katz
I asked the dude who happened to don a killer cranberry red mohawk why he was here. "My girlfriend is stuck in the washing machine right now as we speak." And that was true -- that was her burlesque prop.
I asked the dude who happened to don a killer cranberry red mohawk why he was here. "My girlfriend is stuck in the washing machine right now as we speak." And that was true -- that was her burlesque prop.
Photo by Jacquelyn Katz
She was cooked.
She was cooked.
Photo by Alan Pedroso
How do you encapsulate such a brutal death? A very hot fire performance. Overheard from a lady behind a camera: "I'm getting turned on."
How do you encapsulate such a brutal death? A very hot fire performance. Overheard from a lady behind a camera: "I'm getting turned on."
Photo by Alan Pedroso
Good time to mention that for 13 bucks more, you got food (and a table seat). "You don't expect the dinner to be that good, but it was very good," said Lizzy.
Good time to mention that for 13 bucks more, you got food (and a table seat). "You don't expect the dinner to be that good, but it was very good," said Lizzy.
Photo by Jacquelyn Katz
Tom Rampage, former frontman of Murderous Rampage (pictured left), isn't too into burlesque, but he's really into horror. "They all die in this, so it's something that interests me," he said. The guy who cradles him is Jayce.
Tom Rampage, former frontman of Murderous Rampage (pictured left), isn't too into burlesque, but he's really into horror. "They all die in this, so it's something that interests me," he said. The guy who cradles him is Jayce.
Photo by Jacquelyn Katz
A bunch of dead bodies.
A bunch of dead bodies.
Photo by Jacquelyn Katz
You see this guy and he's dressed to kill.
You see this guy and he's dressed to kill.
Photo by Jacquelyn Katz
There was art up on walls. You probably wouldn't have noticed it -- when there's a girl with her legs open on stage.
There was art up on walls. You probably wouldn't have noticed it -- when there's a girl with her legs open on stage.
Photo by Jacquelyn Katz
This pretty educator was impressed with the show. "I think burlesque is a lost art," she said, "and I think that the combined local talent is awesome. It's way better on a local, intimate level than I realized."
This pretty educator was impressed with the show. "I think burlesque is a lost art," she said, "and I think that the combined local talent is awesome. It's way better on a local, intimate level than I realized."
Photo by Jacquelyn Katz
Little nipple covers change everything.
Little nipple covers change everything.
Photo by Alan Pedroso
And nothing says a job well done quite like a pat on the back after the show.
And nothing says a job well done quite like a pat on the back after the show.
Photo by Jacquelyn Katz

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