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Boys’ Night: An All-Male Cirquelesque Revue - A Winter’s Tail!

by Steve Weinstein
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Thursday Jan 31, 2013
Ben Franklin, Joshua Dean, Jason Mejias, Eric Gorusch
Ben Franklin, Joshua Dean, Jason Mejias, Eric Gorusch   (Source:Erica Suskin)

The last time I saw "Boys Night: An All-Male Cirquelesque Revue" was back in April. On Friday, Jan. 25, I returned to Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo.

The intervening months brought devastation to the jewel box cabaret, which sits below water level within throwing distance of the East River. The good -- make that great -- news is that Galapagos is back at full steam after bailing out. As for the show itself, while still great, good gay fun, it felt a little under-populated compared to last time.

Then, I raved about the various acts that make up this acrobatic troupe, especially juggler Michael Karas. Although the four men who make up the corp du Boylesque were all in top form, my favorite was, once again, a "guest star," this time a second-act balancing act on four posts, each about four feet high. Unfortunately, Yuval Oz kept his long-sleeve shirt and pants on, but he still had my mouth open in amazement.

The other acts varied from fun silliness to the impressive to, well, silly silliness.

In the latter category was Mr. Gorgeous, who did a striptease while making love to a giant ice cream sundae. Joshua Dean once again handled his chores balancing on a rope.

Ropes became a more integral part of this show. The men did some great stunts that showed Olympic-level upper-body strength. The overall tone of the evening was much more redolent of fin-de-siecle Montmartre, especially Jason Mejias, whose outfit and schtick looked as though he stepped out of a Toulouse Latrec poster.

There were cowpokes, human pyramids and other bits of business that the mixed crowd (it's great seeing all the devoted female fans of this troupe). The one disappointment was the evening's hostess, Eve Starr. This statuesque drag queen was once again a vision of glamor, and her ad libbing banter had the audience in stitches. But her introduction felt a little flat, her between-numbers a little forced.

Maybe that's because she was left with a lot of time to fill. The set-ups between acts took longer this time, and overall, the show's pacing was a bit off.

Still, these aerial acrobats proved once again that burlesque never died. It just moved from Minsky's to Dumbo. It's worth keeping up with Galapagos on its website, because these are one-night-only performances, which is understandable. I can't imagine doing these stunts for one night, let alone an extended run!

_Boys’ Night: An All-Male Cirquelesque Revue -- A Winter’s Tail!" was held on Jan. 25 at Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St. in Dumbo. For info on future shows, visit www.galapagosartspace.com.

Steve Weinstein has been a regular correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, the Advocate, the Village Voice and Out. He has been covering the AIDS crisis since the early '80s, when he began his career. He is the author of "The Q Guide to Fire Island" (Alyson, 2007).


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