Omaha director-actress Lorie Obradovich adds playwright to her credits with Friday's opening of “The Movie House” at the Bancroft Street Market.
Obradovich, founder of the now-defunct Baby D Theatre, said she's always been attracted to variety shows. “You don't like something, wait 10 minutes,” she explained.
Obradovich remembered how much she liked Kevin Lawler's “Velvet,” a collection of burlesque sketches she directed in 2006, and decided to write her own homage to burlesque, which she called “sexy lighthearted silliness.”
“The Movie House” finds two actors joining the audience at a Depression-era movie house, when folks could cheaply forget their troubles by watching newsreels, cartoons and a double feature.
Six sketches Obradovich has written become the “movies,” complete with five original tunes by Jonathan Wilhoft written to Obradovich's lyrics. Classic songs from the 1930s are also part of the show.
The sketches include an allegory in the Garden of Eden, a slapstick drag comedy in a newspaper office, a comedy set in a strip club, a drama about an artist and his model, broad comedy led by a sultan, and a nightclub piece set in The Cat's Meow.
“Variety shows are tremendous fun,” Obradovich said last week. “Burlesque can be sexy without being vulgar. I like the teasing music, nothing over the top or violent but something to watch that's just for fun.”
Expect partial nudity in this adult show. A backdrop painting in the style of an old theater, along with movie posters, sets the scene.
“The show has comedy, music and sex. What else could you ask for?” Obradovich said. “Those are three great diversions that always sell.”
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