Pinchbottom's Pretençión


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In a Nutshell

An exuberantly silly, striptease-laden sendup of cirque through song, dance, and comedic vignettes

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Expiration varies. Limit 8/person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem on day of show for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Elektra Theatre. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects Pinchbottom's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Must redeem together to sit together. Doors open 30 mins before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $39 for one ticket to Pinchbottom’s Pretençión (up to an $87.50 value)
  • Where: Elektra Theatre
  • Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
  • Seating: Overtly Ostantatious–best-available orchestra
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This show contains partial nudity.

Pinchbottom’s Pretençión

Cirque productions tend to give circus traditions a decidedly sophisticated, European gloss, forgoing the lions and chimps for nebulous characters twisting and leaping through a mystical journey. For burlesque theater troupe Pinchbottom, it’s ideal stuff for their brand of sexy parody. A studiously ordinary leading man wanders through a world stocked with outrageous dames such as Broadway Brassy, Dirty Martini and Julie Atlas Muz as he seeks the mysterious substance that will turn them from stripteasers and comedians into sensual, cirque-style artistes. A pompous but traumatized clown and an insistently French stripper are among the cast’s other creations.

In production on and off since 2008, the show has become one of Pinchbottom’s signature works. A 2009 review in Burlesque Magazine called it “joyously silly and self-mocking,” filled with “slick, perfectly crafted individual performances.”

Photograph by Allen Lee

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