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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Boston Baby Dolls bring burlesque to Exeter

Boston Baby DollsWho are the Boston Baby Dolls and why are they coming to the Ioka Theater Oct. 25?

In the Golden Age of Burlesque — the 1930s and 1940s — at places like Minsky's and The Columbia Theater, there was a special signal to warn the dancers when the law was in the audience. A red light would go on backstage, and the dancers would know to perform a cleaned-up, watered-down, rendition of their usual act. This was called doing "the Boston version".

Fifty years later, a group of friends were sitting around Boston, lamenting the fact that the name of their fair city was still associated with all things prudish, puritanical, and dull as dishwater. This merry band of adventurers knew they were going to need help — and lots of it — if they were going to overcome Boston's staid and dusty image. So born in that fire of equal parts civic pride and lack of sense, and fueled with just a dash of theatrical intent, The Boston Baby Dolls came to be.

Baby Dolls are made and not born, and to help the women of New England throw off their tired self-image and unleash the wild temptress that all women have inside them, Miss Mina founded her Boston Academy of Burlesque Education (or B.A.B.E for short). Since then, the Baby Dolls have been gallivanting up and down the East Coast, sowing the seeds of burlesque mayhem wherever they may alight, and teaching ordinary women how to do extraordinary things.

Today, The Boston Baby Dolls is a troupe of performers devoted to burlesque — both classic and modern — and variety acts. Members include fan dancers, sword swallowers, jugglers, tassel twirlers, and many more.

Led by their fearless leader (and geek magician) 'Scratch' the Boston Baby Dolls make their third appearance at the Historic IOKA Theater with an all new Halloween show.

The Boston Baby Dolls will appear at the Ioka Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.

Tickets for this 21+ show are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

For more visit, The Ioka is located at 55 Water St.

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