Screwball Diva
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Jul 15, 2010 Screwball Diva commented on The Burlesque Shoah.
#93 - Yes, I am making generalizations - but they are based on thirteen years of booking and managing talent and being around the block.

Everybody thinks their tiny sandbox is the best when they've never been to the beach.
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Jul 13, 2010 Screwball Diva commented on The Burlesque Shoah.
I am a club night hostess who is also a burlesque dancer and show producer and I completely agree with Dan Savage.

I have been thinking that criticism is what this scene sorely needs.

Put down your torches and pitchforks and listen to the warning that Dan is trying to tell you.

For my mind, he has a much better grasp of the overview of theatrical history than the ones who would criticize him.

Drag died because of it's arrogance and contempt for audiences, (the same kind I see here in these messages.) Before that vaudeville, silent films, minstrel shows, ect.

Audiences are MUCH smarter than you think and burlesque if it is to continue needs to move past the "sideshow amusement" phase and into the "real artform" phase.

This will only happen from criticism and hard work. This group hug, "I'm ok, you're ok" back slapping is pointless.

All we get is a great big heeping pile of "OK."

I find the current scene stagnant and lacking in innovation and titillation.

This alleged supportive community is filled with the same kind of feminine cupidity one can find in any teenage girl's summer camp. It's a crock.

Some of my favorite fans are gay men, 'cause sweetie - if you can turn THEM on then you KNOW you're doing it right!

TOUGH TITS - that's what you get once you become a seasoned performer and you will never become one if you can't learn to take some CONSTRUCTIVE criticism.

I am glad that I was raised as a performer to accept constructive criticism, and to never consider myself above the audience. You have a duty and responsibility when someone buys a ticket to make that ticket valuable.

You CAN be selling out seats one day that are empty the next.

Go ahead and think you can't - If you're looking for me - I'll be the one laughing on the sidelines when it all comes tumbling down!