DC, Diva-Style: Who Doesn’t Love Sassy Fairy Sex? (Midsummer’s Burlesque at Capital Fringe 2016)

DC, Diva-Style: Who Doesn’t Love Sassy Fairy Sex? (Midsummer’s Burlesque at Capital Fringe 2016)

Lola Rose was my gateway drug into burlesque. I was already a big burlyq wannabe the day that, having determined that I have nowhere near the upper body strength to pole dance, I decided to use the rest of my pole dance class Groupon to check out the studio’s burlesque class, taught by the endlessly energetic spitfire Lola (who may or may not be part fae herself, just sayin’). Unlike a lot of burlesque classes that focus on building stage personas, Lola’s class was a weekly dance class that taught classic burlesque technique. I was hooked; I drove an hour out of my way every week to keep going. I took her four-week boot camp for learning how to be a performer, and BAM– Diva Darling was born in an explosion of metallic confetti and neo-weirdness like Dionysus bursting forth reborn from Zeus’s thigh, set loose to leave my idiot-woman-child mark upon stages across the DC metro area. Flash forward a few years to the present. Lola and I have stayed in touch and worked together off and on since then, and my Press page is flush with great reviews (ahem) from her 2015 Capital Fringe show, Burlesque Classique‘s Vaudevillian Romp. Lola says that this year she’s doing A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a mashup of a cut of the script with a bunch of burlesque and vaudeville acts. Am I in to play Titania? Me [in fairy costume before she finishes asking the question]: Fuck yeah. Let’s do this thing. Because the thing is, when Lola Rose says “Come do Fringe with me,” you best listen. It’s going to be a chaotic whirlwind,...