Set Your Boners to Hyperdrive: Star Wars-Inspired Burlesque Show Coming to Santa Ana!
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, comic book geeks and science fiction nerds were among the least likely social groups to be associated with sexuality. However, anyone who has attended a comic book or sci-fi convention in the past 10 years, give or take, has observed that flesh, cosplay, and nerd chic have become as part and parcel of the cons as getting autographs from artists & celebrities, buying campy memorabilia, and geeking out over trailers to upcoming superhero movies. That being said, on Saturday, July 12, the girls of Devil's Playground Burlesque, in association with Yadi, will be taking all Orange County comers -- nerdly fetishists as well as civilians -- to the next level of galactic experience with their Star Wars-inspired show, "Star Girls."
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The Devil's Playground Burlesque troupe has now been performing its various sci-fi, comic book, and video game-themed shows at various-sized venues throughout the greater L.A. area for several years. Hot on the heels of her previous show, Video Game Vixens, Devil's Playground's producer / director / dancer Courtney Cruz revealed to the Weekly that her troupe's unique angle on the burlesque tradition is not simply a result of wanting to target the nerd demographic, but it is also because "...that's what all of us are -- the girls in the show. It's just the stuff that we love and that we grew up on and that is inspiring to us. So, that's why we decided to put it with the burlesque theme."
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Cruz further explains that her shows are not simply themed burlesque shows but more of a hybrid between cosplay and burlesque. "There's sets and prop pieces," she says. "There's all kinds of visuals that are done, and things that are projected...I want to transport people to [the worlds that we create] instead of just [presenting] like, one character, two characters. It's more fun to really make it immersive, so it's more like an experience for people and not so much just a show they go to."