By Leif Conti-Groome
BoylesqueTO are out to carve their own niche in the burlesque scene. ‘Boylesque’ is a lazy combination of words that vaguely defines a sub-genre of burlesque. The vagueness comes partly from its newness and rarity. But, last Sunday night at Revival, during Boys Under the Big Top, BoylesqueTO were met by raucous praise from the audience.
As soon as the theatre came into view I knew it wasn’t going to be a usual night. I saw two men dressed as old-time carnies hoisting up a cotton candy machine, while another fellow was wearing a giraffe head with a marvelously long neck.
Inside, the bar was dressed with silk ribbons and balloons. The aforementioned carnies walked around selling pasties and candy apples, heightening the theme du jour. A fire performer named PyRomeo lit up the night sky (and almost a tree) during the intermission.