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- $22 for two to see Esther's Follies (up to a $48 value)
- Seating: general admission
- Door time: 30 minutes prior to showtime.
- Ticket values include all fees.
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Esther's Follies – Promotional Montage 2012
Continuing its 36th season, Esther's Follies turns politics on its head once again with comedy sketches, song-and-dance routines, and mind-bending magic. The production aims its comedic cross hairs at modern political inanities in the segment “The King of D.C.”—a parody of Elvis musicals that stars Barack Obama—as well as in a Broadway-inspired number for Hillary Clinton. Mabel and Pearl take on the issue of gun control in the Lone Star state with "Guns and Texas," while Macklemore's mega-hit "Thrift Shop" gets a razor-sharp update in "Sequestered Follies".
Although Esther's Follies' variety show of music, magic, and comedy recalls the vaudevillian entertainment of yesteryear (albeit with a more acerbic modern bent), the nostalgia goes beyond just the performances. The longstanding venue and comedy troupe was named after Esther Williams, the Golden Age starlet whose career as a professional swimmer led to numerous iconic MGM films. Posters for several of these pictures are plastered throughout the space, and an undersea mural bustling with brightly-hued coral, kaleidoscopic marine life, and even a Loch Ness monster further contributes to Esther's otherworldly, aquatic theme. The magical environment, along with the shows themselves, have wowed audiences and Austin Chronicle critics alike.
On the production end, Esther's Follies busts guts in record speed with satirical quips on current events; relevant parodies; and high-stepping, fast-paced comedy sketches. Resident magician Ray Anderson keeps things light with levitation illusions known to dazzle crowds. As the Follies cast ignites into choral skewerings of front-page newsmakers, audiences will laugh so hard that giggles come out their noses.