Tribe of Fools Gets Naughty with THE REVENGE OF HORNY RUDOLPH: A Holiday Burlesque Preview with Terry Brennan

The ensemble in a past performance of Tribe of Fools’ holiday burlesque (Photo credit: Plate 3 Photography)

The ensemble in a past performance of Tribe of Fools’ holiday burlesque (Photo credit: Plate 3 Photography)

Tribe of Fools’ popular holiday burlesque is back this year for one night only with its fifth ensemble-devised installment, THE REVENGE OF HORNY RUDOLPH. It’s a seasonal show for all genders and sexual identities, with equal numbers of male routines as female–not the usual “straight men just staring at women all night,” according to Artistic Director Terry Brennan. “The show is absolutely for adults only, but it’s also fun and funny and welcoming. We have a blast with the adult theme by being inclusive not reductive.”

Burlesque veteran Bryan S Clark hosts the proceedings as the eponymous character in antlers, who introduces a variety of original acts and fictional favorites like Nasty Frosty and Timmy Bagley (Brennan’s lovable protagonist from the company’s 2011 Fringe hit Heavy Metal Dance Fag), performing Tribe of Fools’ signature brand of physical theater and socially relevant humor. Brennan and Clark, along with Peter Smith (who plays Dirty Santa) crafted a general scenario and wrote all the segues, then Brennan and Dany Guy arranged the order of the independent acts as they appear on stage. Colleen Hughes, Zachary Chiero, Gwen Rooker, Mike Cosenza, Isa St Claire, and Tara Demmy contribute their talents to this “theatrical jambalaya,” as they tempt and tease you with all the juicy fun.

Brennan explains:

Most of the acts have an element of humor. Some of them are really funny and others are fun and sexy with a humorous wink, but generally speaking, the tone of the night is very funny. We like to laugh and there’s no rule in burlesque that says you can’t be titillated and laugh your face off. And we like to mix things up. Without giving away too much, one of our acts is a quiet and reflective drag performance by a famous Christmas character.

Gigi Naglak, Bryan S Clark (as Horny Rudolph), and Gwen Rooker in a previous installment of Tribe of Fools’ annual holiday burlesque (Photo credit: Plate 3 Photography)

Gigi Naglak, Bryan S Clark (as Horny Rudolph), and Gwen Rooker in a previous installment of Tribe of Fools’ annual holiday burlesque (Photo credit: Plate 3 Photography)

So leave the kids at home and bring your over-18 family and friends for this diverse combination of adult song and dance, a lot of comedy, and a little bit of skin. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the company’s 2015 productions, so with this hot ticket you can be naughty and nice at the same time! [Plays & Players, upstairs, 1714 Delancey St.] December 13, 2014; tribeburlesque.brownpapertickets.com.

 

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Debra Miller

Debra holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Delaware and teaches at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ. She is a judge for the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, Philadelphia Arts and Culture Correspondent for Central Voice, and has served as a Commonwealth Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and President of the Board of Directors of Da Vinci Art Alliance. Her publications include articles, books, and catalogues on Renaissance, Baroque, American, Pre-Columbian, and Contemporary Art, and feature articles on the Philadelphia theater scene.