Burlesque, the art of caricaturing serious works, actually has roots in the Italian word burla, which loosely translates into frenzied catcalls and giddy wolf howls. Pick up some conversational Italian with today’s Groupon to Gorilla Tango Theatre. Choose from the following options:
- For $20, you get two tickets to Geek Peeks: The Best of Gorilla Tango Burlesque (a $40 value).
- For $40, you get four tickets to Geek Peeks: The Best of Gorilla Tango Burlesque (an $80 value).
- For $60, you get six tickets to Geek Peeks: The Best of Gorilla Tango Burlesque (a $120 value).
Performances will be held Fridays at 11:59 p.m. from February 3 to April 27.
Created and performed entirely by women, Gorilla Tango’s burlesque-infused parodies fog monocles by reimagining pop-cultural sensations through the lens of blush-inducing burlesque. Disrobed robes, boas, and space suits sail into the sky during Geek Peeks: The Best of Gorilla Tango Burlesque, a late-night sampling of salacious scenes from the theatre’s biggest burlesque hits, including spoofs of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Lord of the Rings. Performers sporting names such as Hazel Hellbender and Stella Cheeks regale crowds during a scene from Boobs & Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque, which still runs weekly after igniting Chicago’s parody-centric burlesque boom in October of 2010, which saw thousands of tassel prospectors flood the region.
Fluctuating monthly, an array of bonus features round out each evening with mock interviews and behind-the-scenes peeks from the theatre’s current burlesques. Gorilla Tango’s intimate space and accommodating cartoon candlesticks host several rows of stadium-style seating, as well as bistro-style tables on the floor where patrons can sip on wine and beer.