Say I Love You with Glam Rock Burlesque
Led by burlesque veteran, Annie A-Bomb, the troupe is comprised of a rotating cast of 13-14 members, each with a different specialty.
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By Kaley Iacovetta
Special to the Weekly Press

Looking for some place a bit daring to take your Valentine?  Saunter into the Walking Fish Theatre, located at Frankford and Cumberland, for Revival Burlesque’s special Valentine’s Day weekend performance, "Glam Bam Thank You Ma’am."  Experience the glitz and glamor of the cosmic adventures of Iggy Starlust, a pop star on the lam from his home planet due to wild "interplanetary indiscretions." The show will run from Friday February 12 to Sunday February14.   

But don’t let the modern connotations of  "burlesque" frighten you away.  The burlesque form originally emerged as a medium of comedy and satire.  The troupe strives to keep the mirthful and mocking spirit of true burlesque alive.  Director Anna Frangiosa, a.k.a. Annie A-bomb, recognizes that "a real burlesque show is more than just solo strip and another solo has to have something more.  We like to say we’re like Kids in the Hall or Saturday Night Live with boobs."

Revival Burlesque first began rousing audiences in 2007.  The group formed in response to the desire of Walking Fish Theatre’s owners Stan Heleva and Michelle Pauls to run a regular burlesque show at their then newly opened venue.  Sunday Revival successfully emerged as a raucous and risqué alternative to ordinary Sunday evening entertainment.


 Led by burlesque veteran Annie A-Bomb, the troupe is comprised of a rotating cast of 13-14 members, each with a different specialty.  Their last performance, "The Animal Show," featured 8 cast members and a puppeteer. "Glam Bam Thank You Ma’am" stars seven members with cleverly crafted nomenclature:  Randi Warhol, Dina Colada, Jo Jo Johanson, Annie A-Bomb, Svetka von Schotz, Nick O’Teen, and Kitten Kaboodle in her debut performance with the troupe.

The show opens Friday night at 8:00 pm and continues until Valentine’s Day, with Saturday performances at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., and Sunday at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m..  "Valentine’s Day is a burlesque holiday," says Annie A-Bomb.  "People want to go on a sexy date."  And what better place to go then a titillating burlesque show.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at     

Editor's Note: Also on the runway: Sex-Ed Burlesque

Gigi Naglak and Meghann Williams will reprise their two-person show Chlamydia dell’Arte: A Sex-Ed Burlesque for seven shows only, March 9-13, at Second Stage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street. Learn about safe sex, STDs, sexual orientation, oral sex, menstruation, and much, much more through striptease, comedy, songs, and dance—all the parts of a traditional burlesque show. You’ve never taken a sex-ed class like this one!

Chlamydia dell’Arte: A Sex-Ed Burlesque was last seen in a sold-out run in the 2009 Philly Fringe.

Originally funded by the Leeway Foundation, the show is created, written, choreographed, and performed by Naglak and Williams.

Gigi Naglak is a Philadelphia-area actor, dancer, choreographer, writer, and dramaturg. She was recently seen in Tribe of Fools’ Armageddon in Mushroom Village during the Philly Fringe, and is starring in the upcoming Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake) at Flashpoint Theatre Company. Gigi is a co-founder of Flashpoint.

Meghann Williams is a Philadelphia-area director, writer, and performer. She has recently worked with Theatre Exile, Philadelphia Theatre Workshop, and Brat Productions. Meghann is a co-founder of Flashpoint Theatre Company.

TICKETS: All tickets $15 ($10 for groups of 10 or more). Reserve by emailing  

Reader Opinions
Kerry O'Connor •
FEB 11  •  My girlfriend and I saw the Valentine's Day show last year. It was so much fun, we went and saw the Animal Show a few weeks ago. I strongly suggest people check it out. Kerry O'Connor Contributing Editor Center City Weekly Press

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