The Wet Spots and The Wise Hall presented Shine: A Burlesque Musical from July 6-16th.
Twirling tassels, talented misfits, sex positivity and a flip of the bird to gentrification, Shine offered a lot in its two-hour whirl wind of sweet tunes and multiple love stories. An ambitious show, Shine is a story of innocence turned naughty. We meet Frankie, a musician who’s looking to become a star on the burlesque stage only to find out that he’ll be doing a bit more than playing music. Grace follows shortly, an over-achieving grad student just looking to do more research before completing her thesis. She too is met with the reality that learning the ins-and-outs of burlesque can’t be found on paper. This inevitable love story takes a back seat as the audience learns what else it takes to rock it in burlesque. With the burlesque house in danger of being foreclosed and gentrified by the bank, comically played by a devilish character who rolls in from time to time, burlesque house owner Shine must find a way to save the house and everything it stands for. Add to this a plethora of back stories, slightly hazy love trysts and a mad-cap scheme to revive the once bouncing burlesque house and you get Shine.
While trying to pack everything up into a nice tight bow, the show may have lost me at times but did have its merits including a sensational performance by Seth Little as Miss Holly Gofuckyourself, a cigarette-on-lips, no-nonsense burlesque veteran with the best quips and excellent stage presence. Shine also hit on important topics like body positivity, gentrification, being yourself and stepping out of your comfort zone all elements that while examined in haste were still presented in their most exposed (wink, wink) ways.
While Shine may have left me a bit unsatisfied after an evening of sexy numbers and scantily-clad bodies, it still presented some laughs and a standing ovation from an audience who were most certainly titillated throughout the entire evening