Burlesque Review - Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque (Gorilla Tango Theatre)

Burlesque Review - Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque (Gorilla Tango Theatre)
Top row: Ruby Bourbon; Middle row (L-R): Lucita Bonita, Zatanna Zor-Elle, Bonnie Cupcakes, Henrietta Heartbreak; Bottom row (kneeling/seated, L-R): Paly Flames, Devyn Deviante, Kaylee Williams (photo by Endlessly Photography)

Count and I have always enjoyed the nerd-friendly performances at Gorilla Tango Theatre, so we were excited to finally see the  show that began it all - Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque. Originally created and directed by MsPixy, this remount directed by Jeremy Eden and choerographed by Ruby Bourban (based on original choreography by MsPixy) brings the audience back to a time when 16-bit video games ruled the school and a couple of plumbers named Mario and Luigi were beginning to shine.

This hilarious sendup basically immerses the audience into the middle of a game of Super Mario Bros.  Mario and Luigi are perpetually frustrated by their endless pursuit of the Princess that everything they see has started to look like a beautiful, sexy woman-- their most dangerous enemies and even themselves!  On the way to rescue their beloved Princess Peach, many of their enemies including Goombas, Chain Chomper, Cheep-Cheep and a Koopa Troopa try to distract the boys with their shiny sparkly sexiness and keep them from rescuing the Princess.  Along the way they encounter a very helpful Toad who is just as seductive and talented as the rest of the characters.  Now will they find their beloved Peach, or will they end up fighting the evil King Koopa instead?

The show was lots of laughs, the cast featuring Chicago favorites Paly Flames as Mario and Kaylee Williams as Luigi,  the talents of Bonnie Cupcakes, Zatanna Zor-Elle, Lucita Bonita, Crystal Paradise, Devyn Deviante, and introducing GTB newcomer, Henrietta Heartbreak performed fantastically. Count and I particularly enjoyed the nostalgia of the game and the accuracy of the characters. There is also plenty of audience interaction, including a collection of 'coins' from the audience to help unlock the alternate ending which is so worth it!

This remount performance of Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque gets a rousing **TWO FANGS UP** from us.

Gorilla Tango Theatre is located at 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

Running every Saturday at 11:59 PM starting February 2, 2013

For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.gorillatango.com or call the box office at (773) 598-4549.

Tickets are $35. Group rates (8 or more) available. Only 18 and over admitted.

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