Cult sensation Geekenders was back in force at the Rio Theatre with a weekend exclusive of their insanely popular Star Wars: A Nude Hope (A Burlesque Re-imagining). How popular? I showed up 30 minutes before the show and still had to make do with single seats. Not that I minded.
Been looking for love in Alderaan places? We invite you to enter a galaxy a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away with acclaimed fandom theatre troupe Geekenders, who are concentrating their usual pop culture theatre, comedy and burlesque into a randy two-act reboot of a sci-fi classic.
Featuring a cast of twenty-five of Geekenders all-star “nerdlesque” performers, the event and theatre troupe is pulling out all the stops to ensure a memorable, sexy, nerd-herding night for geeks of all types.
Not the most professional burlesque choreography I’ve ever seen in my life, but there’s a lot of heart in this production. And, most important of all, the crowd appreciated every in-joke on offer within this faithful re-appropriation of the first Star Wars movie.
Cast standouts for me included a sexy R2-D2 on rollerblades flirting with C-3PO, who was painted gold all over and clad in a pair of barely-there boxers. I loved Obi-Wan Kenobi’s take on “strange but sexy hermit,” as well as Luke’s awkward and charmingly irritating rendition of farmboy purism. There were a few surprising gender bending casting choices and many body types and shapes on display. Kudos.
With this production wrapped and behind them (pun intended), Geekenders sets their sights on channeling Tim Burton in the new year. Ambitious stuff: become a fan on Facebook to keep up with this fast-moving troupe. I certainly have.
The next installment of The Geekenders’ trilogy, The Empire Strips Back A Burlesque Re-Imagining, will play at The Rio May 1, 3, and 4. Advanced tickets here.