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Pink Box Burlesque begins season in town

Grace Hagemann

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The Pink Box Burlesque, a local burlesque troupe focused on traditional burlesque and pin-up culture, is making its first stop in Tuscaloosa of 2014 at Green Bar Saturday.

“We are a Vaudeville-based troupe with comedy, live jazz, singing, dancing, burlesque and other special surprises,” Mama Dixie, the owner of the troupe, said. “The shows are two hours of entertainment with a brief intermission.”

She said the troupe plans on delivering a special show this weekend called “Seven Wonders of the World.”

“It is the first show of our seventh season, and, at its creation, we had seven performers on the slate,” Dixie said. “We’ve since added a surprise guest, but we hope the audience will forgive us for it.”

Since the Pink Box Burlesque’s start in 2008, the troupe has seen a steady increase in members and fans.

Alex Freeman, bar manager at Wilhagan’s, said he has seen The Pink Box Burlesque advance since the early days of the troupe and saw his first show six years ago. He said he has enjoyed watching the troupe grow.

“It has gotten bigger, and so has the fan base,” Freeman said. “I have been to 10 or 11 of the shows at least.”

Freeman said the acts the troupe puts on are an interesting mix of comedy and edge.

“Their show varies. A lot of it is traditional stuff, like when women will come out in old school bustiers. Also there is sometimes comedy. Sometimes there is dance. Sometimes there is theatre performed, too, that gives an edge to it,” Freeman said. “Almost as if to make you enjoy it but make you just a little uncomfortable at the same time.”

The Pink Box Burlesque is currently performing throughout the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa areas, making stops at venues like the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex and the Black Market Bar in Birmingham, as well as the Bama Theatre and Green Bar in Tuscaloosa.

The diversity of venues is a plus for the troupe, since performers enjoy both performing for large audiences on stage and in more intimate bar settings, Dixie said.

“We split our time in Tuscaloosa between the Green Bar and the Bama Theatre. We’ve been performing at both for seven years,” she said. “The bar shows are more intimate and playful. The audience is right there. The Bama Theatre shows have the benefit of the large stage. We like the variety.”

“Seven Wonders of the World” is a 21-and-older event, and cover is $10. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.

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