Here's a bit of advice, from me to you: If a friend asks if you want to go to a Twin Peaks-themed burlesque show, go. No matter what other plans you may have for that night. It will be totally worth it. Mildly NSFW photos — as in pastied-and-g-string-nudity— below.
All photos by Honey Beavers
On March 6, at the Parkside Lounge in Manhattan, I was lucky enough to be in the audience for Twin Peaks: An Invitation to Love. It was completely packed — and justifiably so. The show was every bit as absurd and fun as the name would indicate. With Twin Peaks-themed drinks to aid in the overall enjoyment of the night, a joyful couple of hours were spent watching dancers pay tribute to David Lynch's show.
In addition to the dancers — go-go dancer Petite Renard, Amelia Bareparts, Anja Keister, Legs Malone, Miz Margo "The Flying Fox", Ruby Valentine, Francine "The Lucid Dream" — the whole thing was masterfully MC'ed by "Deputy Andy" (Schaffer the Darklord), who began the show by rapping much of the show's story. To the Twin Peaks intro music. This should have been impossible, but was instead a virtuoso performance that had us on our feet at the end.
Every single word he delivered was amazing — especially during a game involving two audience members. The winner received a copy of David Lynch's Dune. The loser ... also received a copy of Dune.
And then there were the performances. Words do not do justice to the skill and humor of these performances. So I'm going to let photos do the talking for me:
Here's Pete Martell:
There is a surprise in that coffee pot that I will not ruin. But it had me on the floor.
A re-enactment of the show-within-a-show, Invitation to Love:
An appearance the One-Eyed-Jack madame, Blackie O'Reilly:
Intermission entertainment provided by: The Log Lady. (She appeared pretty much as Meredith Woerner, whom I was texting, demanded it.)
A slight deviation from Twin Peaks to Eraserhead, with the Lady in the Radiator:
Blood came out of her mouth.
Of course, Dale Cooper made an appearance. There was a moment where she slammed two powdered donuts together and danced through the snowy-white cloud that I wish had been captured on film.
Lucy Moran's dance was a bit of a surprise:
And, in the finale, Donna Hayward.
That last one's even better uncropped, isn't it?
The show was a delight — in every sense of the word. Hilarious — backed by the kind of love only true fans can have. Surprisingly sexy — I will seriously never look at Pete Martell the same way. And, truly, Lynchian.
The best news is that it wasn't a one-time event. The Pink Room Burlesque has been going strong for four years. Producer — and Donna Hayward herself — Francine the Lucid Dream tells us:
There is no doubt that The Pink Room Burlesque is built upon our love of David Lynch's work. When we first started the show we were simply The Pink Room: Twin Peaks Burlesque. There was something so perfect and magical about bringing all the characters from that show to life on stage, sometimes in a comical way, sometimes, in a very dark way. Many people remember Twin Peaks for its attractive, if unusual, female characters so it seemed like an obvious choice for a burlesque show. What makes the show so great is that all The Pink Room performers are so creative and expressive in how they portray them. The acts are not always character based – we've had a number of acts inspired by the Black Lodge, donuts, Club Silencio and so many iconic things/places/moments from Lynch's oeuvre. Since our first show back in 2011, we've explored Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Mulholland Drive, Fire Walk With Me, Lost Highway, Eraserhead, Inland Empire and even Invitation to Love which is the show within the show on Twin Peaks!