Comic burlesque is more tell-all than show-all

Creative Alliance will display `Trixie Little'

Scene: clubs, bars, nightlife

October 16, 2003|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

Keri Burneston knows fun.

As co-founder of the Baltimore-based performance art group Fluid Movement, she's planned and directed a variety of successful and light-hearted productions, including a 1999 water ballet at the Patterson Park pool and last spring's Go-Go Pirate Show aboard the Constellation.

So it's only natural that her side project, a neo-burlesque revue, would also have equal amounts of creativity, humor and tomfoolery.

Trixie Little Goes to Outer Space, which showcases the performance talents of both Burneston and her boyfriend, Adam Krandle, is a combination of comedy and theatrics, with a little va-va-voom thrown into the mix.

And though their act is classified as burlesque, it doesn't have the seed of a back bar tease or the vamp of a traditional Sally Rand style fan dance, she said.

"Our stuff is a little different [from other "more strippery" burlesque acts] because we rely heavily on story," Burneston said.

The plot involves Burneston's character, Trixie Little, and her efforts to stop an alien drag queen from abducting every last man from Earth.

After enlisting the help of her nemesis, the Evil Tap Dancing Hate Monkey (played by Krandle), Little guides audiences through the production as it becomes "a cross between an old Batman episode and a cartoon," Burneston said.

A high-flying trapeze number, a tap-dancing sequence, fight scenes and a few quick, topless teases are just a few of the production highlights that will be displayed when Burneston and Krandle take the stage tomorrow and Saturday at the Creative Alliance.

All in all, Burneston believes the hourlong production is more funny than raunchy - she even laughs during rehearsal, she said.

And despite its sometimes edgy content, the show may even be suitable for some mature adolescents and teens.

"It's not [made] for kids, but I certainly don't think it would poison their minds, either," Burneston said.

Trixie Little Goes to Outer Space, like many of Burneston's past creations, is all about fun and entertainment.

"We literally bend over backward to make sure that people have a good time," she said.

The Creative Alliance at the Patterson is at 3134 Eastern Ave. For more information, call 410-276-1651 or visit www.trixielittle.com or www.creativealliance.org. Doors open at 8 p.m., and show time is 9 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $8 for the public and $6 for Creative Alliance members.

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