"X, Burlesque" an erotic dance show, is now playing at the Second City theatre inside the
Flamingo Hotel and Casino. This dance show offers up an
interesting array of beautiful dancers that execute a variety of dances and acts to show
seductions and fantasies for the audience to watch. Though
some of the numbers show a great creativity and style, the production, for the most part,
suffers from a lack of variety and doesn't really set itself apart from other dance reviews
"X" has had an interesting evolution. The once cutting edge topless show suffered through a
host of legal troubles and venue changes. It has
disappeared and resurrected itself a number of times. This latest version is the most
significant makeover of the show since its inception. More
than half of the numbers are new, with a new cast, and a new setting.
It is sometimes hard to understand...the show seems to have all of the right elements for
success, but it's not a great show. The women of the cast
are beautiful. They are all great dancers. They look good, and they move well. Enrique Lugo
choreographed the new numbers...I've known Enrique for
years, and I know what a talented and brilliant choreographer he is. So why, after thirty
minutes, is the audience looking at their watches
wondering why the show feels so long? The production has the potential of achieving something
incredible, but somewhere along the line, it falls
One of the problems of the show is the lighting. The generalized wash of lights from the front
and the distracting video projected on the sides
and on the dancers makes almost every number feel exactly the same. There is no mood; there is
no shape, isolation, or atmosphere. This feeling
of "sameness" pervades the entire production and works its way into tedium. There is one
number that breaks this mold, and that is the "Bathtub"
scene...which is from the original production, but it does show that the space is capable of
something more interesting that just a wash of lights.
Whoever did the lights for this show needs to be fired.
There is also a Stripper pole that is set out in the middle of the audience. This would be
great if we got to see some good pole dancing, but
instead the dancers seemed to just dance with the pole rather than do anything that would be
considered pole dancing. If something like a pole is
set up in the middle of the audience, it better be used and used well.
Also, the direction of the show did not seem to take the space into consideration. There is
the stage that is raised about three feet up and then
the flat audience seating area. This causes problems...anything that is done on the floor is
completely lost by anyone more than two chairs back,
and there is a lot of floor work done in this show. There might have been some incredible
things going on, but the bulk of the audience couldn't
A comedian broke up the evening. He is a good comic, but there is the feeling that he is in
this production at the wrong place at the wrong time. I
don't believe that anyone really wanted to hear stand-up comedy at that time---especially with
no transition. He just seemed completely out of
place. He belonged in a different production. It would have been different if we had seen him
for more than that one moment on stage. If he had
been our host for the evening, he could have established a rapport with us, and he would have
been wonderful. I have seen this show several times
with several comics, and the spot has never worked.
"X, Burlesque" does have potential. All of the pieces seem to be in place. The cast is
talented, and there is a lot of creativity, but the show
definitely needs some work.