In case you were confused, this 50-minute show is not put on by the local literary magazine Prairie Fire but by the Saskatchewan-born coquette and quasi-feminist Sharon Nowlan, who has performed at the fringe a few times before.
This time she’s all by her lonesome, doing a preachy historical survey of North American burlesque.
A healthy-looking 20-something strawberry blond of modest performing talent, she takes pains to point out that burlesque’s roots are not in women stripping but in women wise-cracking.
Oh well, you can’t have everything. She does a fine pantomime of dancing with a lecherous male, and the phosphorescent finale is a treat, too.
— Morley Walker
From the official Fringe Festival program:
The multi-talented Prairie Fire (Sharon Nowlan) returns to the Fringe Festival circuit with a brand new work: a one-woman show-and-tell variety hour. Come out to see all that is revealed as she peels off the layers of what was, and is, burlesque!
5 STARS "The verdict is in: Burlesque Unzipped is hot AND educational" - The Hour, Montreal
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
Babes in arms permitted.
Playhouse Studio (Venue 3), to July 24