The three members of the Heavenly Spies—Honey Sexpot, Agent Rhinestone, and Fancy Drew—form a nice burlesque trifecta. The first is a former Sea Gal cheerleader, the second is a winner at the Miss Exotic World pageant, and the third is an accomplished modern dancer (Scott/Powell Performance, Fankick!). They've got moves, style, and more sophisticated choreography than most striptease. In fact, they hardly strip at all.
For Plastique!, the Spies have jumped backward into the 1970s, and the opening number sets the tone with a flight-attendant routine. Dolled up in a Barbie color scheme (platinum hair, pink everything else), they high-kick and shimmy and make flirty eye contact with the audience packed into Can Can's intimate underground cabaret. Plastique! also stars local boylesque icon Ultra, whose surreal dance and lip-synch routines—ranging from sexy robot to opera diva—verge on performance art. (At modern-dance showcases in the past, Ultra has been more aggressive, dragging straight-looking dudes from the audience into his genderqueer stage world. Plastique! finds him tamer.) The Spies trot out '70s tropes in fast succession: hookahs, long-haired hippies, that decade's fetish for American Indian fashion, and lots of (pantomimed) smoking.
The Spies keep the mood lighthearted and fast, more cheeky and less raunchy than the Castaways, the Can Can's house burlesque troupe. Plastique! isn't trying to be fog-your-glasses steamy. The emphasis is on the choreography and the costumes, not the stripping—you could call it burlesque for the whole family.