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The Flaming Dames in "Bump & Grindhouse"


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This rowdy bar-set burlesque is such a free-for-all I'd almost call it unreviewable. Inspired by 70s splatter and exploitation cinema (and the recent Rodriguez-Tarantino tribute to those genres) and referencing films from Black Mama, White Mama to Rocky Horror, its titillating vignettes amount mostly to chaotically approximate gestures. But then, the theme is only there to inflect the sexy costumes, just as the sexy costumes are only there to be removed. Essentially a dialed-up-to-11 rock 'n' roll dance party with flashin' boobies, this is enjoyable insofar as you enjoy those quantities. And drinking. Which is to say that, exuberant messiness notwithstanding, I had a hell of a good time. --Brian Nemtusak a Through 11/9: Fri 10:30 PM, The Spot, 4437 N. Broadway, 312-458-9083, $15.

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