The sword and sorcery genre is famous for the unabashed way in which it makes women into sex objects. In the heroic fantasy-inspired burlesque revue “Fellowship of the Boobs,” women get to be the heroes. And also sex objects. We’re not reinventing the wheel here.
We are immediately introduced to the Dungeon Master (Mama Bare) who serves as our host. She introduces us to our cast of heroic characters, the plucky, idealistic Elf (Dinah Dentata), the somewhat adventure-averse Dwarf (Hazel Hellbender) the Mysterious Zemrat (Diva la Vida) and the Viking Warrior (London Derriere) who looks like she just stepped out of a Boris Vallejo painting and speaks with a contemporary Scandinavian accent. All are decked out in very authentic looking costumes from the show’s director MsPixy. The heroes set off on a quest to find a mystical object (of course) that has been stolen by the evil “Dragonbitch”.
Drawing on sources as varied as Lord of the Rings, World of Warcraft, Dungeons and Dragons, the writings of HP Lovecraft, and the movie Labyrinth, this revue pits the questors against various perils, which result in their clothes being taken off. They ultimately defeat their evil antagonists, which results in the antagonists’ clothes being taken off.
In video game style, characters’ energy sometimes weaken, and their flagging bodies and spirits can be revived only by summoning the “Tip Wench” (Sweet Ginger Rose) who collects cash from the audience.
By the camp standards of burlesque, Fellowship is creative and fun, but I actually believe this material warrants a better narrative. The performers are all strong enough actresses that they could build some genuine relationships and stakes to go along with the silly jokes and disrobings, but like most of the burlesque genre, the show is focused on less ambitious means of entertainment.