As the Mental Notion Society and Plan 9 Burlesque arrive at the mid-point of their run, Fight Club: A Project Mayhem Burlesque, the incoming reviews speak words of reasons to catch the show. Take a gander -
Winner takes bra: a burlesque take on Fight Club
By: Rebecca Halleck, MSJ Northwestern
What do you get when you combine striptease with bloody knuckles? “Fight Club: A Project Mayhem Burlesque” busted up Lake View’s entertainment scene at The Public House Theatre Thursday.
The production follows the major plot points of the 1999 film, which starred Brad Pitt & Edward Norton as an insomniac, mentally disturbed narrator. In both, the main character starts a no-rules boxing ring and plans to bomb five corporations. The big difference: In this version, the cast is female—and nude except for their skivvies.
“I thought it was a successful update on the movie, a bit cheekier at parts but overall on par,” said city attorney Edward Soderberg, 30, on opening night.
When local writer and director Jonald Reyes began working on the script last fall, he wanted to find a way to pair physical aggression with lust. “I read articles on why women fight. Why do they stir up emotional confrontations against each other?” he said. “Then on top of that, I struggled to answer: Why is this person taking off their clothes?”
To marry the ideas of a hyper-masculine brawl with an ultra-feminine striptease, Reyes enlisted the help of a burlesque dance choreographer and a hand-to-hand stage combat professional.
“I purposefully didn’t make the fighting girly,” said Bobby Hoffman (a.k.a. Right This
Way Robbie), who is certified in combat choreography. “I wanted them to be scrappy, to throw down, to fight dirty. People are attracted to violence. And I wanted that idea to come across.”
Stella Cheeks, co-founder of Plan 9 Burlesque and a producer of the show, choreographed all seven of the girls’ dances. The art of undressing seductively is embodying a character, she said. “It’s not just about getting naked.”
The production also flirts with the movie’s darker concepts, such as the need for physical interaction in a digital world.
“I wanted to explore two main ideas throughout the show: What is beauty? And how does social media affect us?” Reyes said. “That’s pulled from the movie itself, that monotonous, zombielike state and the need for one-on-one contact.”
Fight Club: A Project Mayhem Burlesque will be playing Thursdays at 8 p.m. at The Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St., until April 11. Tickets cost $15.
Review: Fight Club – A Project Mayhem Burlesque (The Mental Notion Society + Plan 9 Burlesque)
By: Katy Walsh
“The dancing, choreographed by Stella Cheeks, is sexy and bold. Whether line dancing or solo stripping, these gals are expressing their naked style with flair. ”
“The premise of this show is clever. Adapter and director Jonald Reyes developed this all-female parody from the movie and novel of “Fight Club.” Reyes’ script is at its most engaging in the witty banter between Sadie Hotkins (Taylor) and Marie Curieosity (Narrator). ”
Don’t tell anyone about ‘Fight Club: A Project Mayhem Burlesque’
By: Lee Klawans
“The show is very entertaining it’s far from simply a burlesque show. The acting in between the dance numbers is great. There’s quite a bit of drama and the performances are top notch.”
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