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Hilarious vaudeville: Squirm Burpee Circus

November 18, 2010

My father loved vaudeville melodramas and would pantomine for us the part of the villian with the mustache and the damsel in distress with her hair bow.  So, it was with excitement that I took my daughter to see a real-life vaudeville melodrama at the New Victory. This family-friendly play is an entertaining tale where a mustachioed  Baron Vegan von Hamburger (or scary guy to my 2.5 year old daughter)  attempts to take down the cheerful and very coordinated Squirm Burpee Circus composed of Mike the Handsome, Dashing Dave and The Lovely Little Lolo. Of course, he doesn’t succeed but the entertaining ways at which he tries — being shot through a cannon ball, for example, make for hilarious collusionary moments for the audience. The onstage performances include acrobatics, juggling, dance and bubbles.  The melange of activities and fast pace make the 75 minute production (no intermission) go quickly. The comedic tone, innovative use of the set and zaniness make this a fun theatrical experience for adults as well.

To see a clip of the Squirm Burpee Circus, please click here. For more information and photos, please visit newvictory.org.

Ticket Information:
For New Victory Members, tickets cost $25 (orchestra), $18 (mezzanine) and $9 (balcony).  For Non-members, they cost $38 (orchestra), $28 (mezzanine) and $14 (balcony).

Tickets can be purchased:
Online at newvictory.org.
By phone: 646 223 3010
Or in person: Box office is at 209 West 42nd Street and is open Sun and Mon, 11 am – 5 pm; Tues-Sat, 11 am – 7 pm.
Member tickets start at $9-$25 and regular tickets start at $14-$38.


Serena Norr
is a real-live Brooklynite who was raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. She is now the managing editor of Relocation.com, which has perfected her juggling skills as she tackles a full-time job, freelancing and the best part of her day spending time with her energetic toddler. When free time strikes (insert laughing), she loves exploring Brooklyn with her daughter, checking out restaurants, writing plays, taking pictures, creating collages, and making soups – which she chronicles on her blog-http://seriouslysoupy.blogspot.com.