THURSDAY

(flyer via The Slipper Room)

(flyer via The Slipper Room)

Burlesque Tribute to the Ladies of Disney
Thursday, February 3 at The Slipper Room, 7 pm doors, 8 pm show: $10 

Hotsy Totsy Burlesque is back again. Known for their titillating tributes to all things pop culture, Hotsy Totsy has created scantily-clad evenings dedicated to Game of ThronesStar Wars, Stephen King, The Muppets, and more. This month, they’ve stepped away from the fur and sci-fi in lieu of something more delicate and nostalgic. Yes, they’ve whipped up a tribute all your favorite princesses: the ladies of Disney. However demure these princesses may be, this show doesn’t exactly seem to follow suit. The concept hinges upon Cherry Pitz and Handsome Brad as the Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming respectively, who seem to be enjoying their very own Happily Ever After. Only, paradise can be boring for a mere duo. As per the show’s description, “Looking to spice things up, the two love birds have decided to throw a ball, looking for the hottest princess in the land to join them in a threesome!”

FRIDAY

(poster via Pipeline Theater Company)

(poster via Pipeline Theater Company)

Beardo
February 3-March 5 at St John’s Lutheran Church, 7:30 pm: $25-60

This show is the newest creation from Dave Malloy, the brains behind immersive electro-pop opera Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, a show I love and have unabashedly seen multiple times, from its start at Ars Nova to its recent transfer to Broadway. Despite this more commercial success, Malloy’s work is still being staged in more offbeat locations, such as this production created in collaboration with Jason Craig of Banana Bag & Bodice presented by Pipeline Theater Company, which is being performed in a Greenpoint church. Together, Craig and Malloy created a rock musical based on the classic tale of Beowulf several years back, and they are uniting again for this “Russian indie rock musical” centered around the life and adventures of Rasputin, a Russian mystic who supposedly “sexed his way to the fall of the Russian monarchy.” It’s very possible that any day now it will become advisable to start looking to fellows like Rasputin for tips on how to handle our own government…

SATURDAY

(flyer via The Annoyance)

(flyer via The Annoyance)

Love Ain’t Never Gonna
Saturday, February 4 at the Annoyance Theater, 11:30 pm: $5 or free with an Annoyance student ID

Though The Annoyance is on its way out of its physical space soon, it isn’t going to stop churning out shows until it absolutely must. The madness and merriment continues late at night this Saturday with recurring love-themed show Love Ain’t Never Gonna. Hosted by Caitlin Dullea and Thomas Fricilone, the comedy show seeks to explore the nooks and crannies of this crazy thing called love, and they seem especially interested in the not-so-great bits.

In the past, they’ve delved into the finer points of mother/son incest, “detestable lounge singers,” and what happens when a prank goes wrong. This time around, just ten days before Valentine’s Day, they’ve dedicated their show to… “Mischief.” No, not the kind of mischief that recent Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch got up to in high school when he was described as the founder of the “Fascism Forever Club.” Well, at least we hope not. Helping the hosts with the mischief this month will be special guests Brett Davis and Jo Firestone, who will undoubtedly be lending their wacky jokin’ to the strange realm of lovin’.

SUNDAY

(photo courtesy of Sean Pollock)

(photo courtesy of Sean Pollock)

Broken Bone Bathtub
February 2-25 at various secret locations, various times: $35

This unique solo show takes place quite literally in a bathtub, and not a prop bathtub that’s been dragged onto the theater of some proscenium stage in Midtown. Siobhan O’Loughlin’s one-woman show Broken Bone Bathtub is staged in an actual bathtub inside someone’s actual home. The premise of the intimate show is fairly simple: a woman gets into a bike accident, and the injuries she sustains makes her life more difficult. Thus, she must ask for help completing activities normally handled alone, such as taking a bath. The audience will play the role of this woman’s friends, existing in close proximity to her and lending both an ear and a hand while she bathes herself. The show will be taking places in various locations throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan, from Bushwick, Prospect Heights, and Bed-Stuy to the East Village and the Lower East Side. Some of the locations are wheelchair accessible, and some have pets in the unit, so take your pick and prepare to help clean.