Burlesque: This Must Still Be the Place

Burlesque continues to bump along in a few flyspecked theaters around the U.S., its tarnished sequins blinking bravely in the murk of purple spotlights, its audiences of sailors and cackling oldsters still faithful to an art form that refuses to give up.

Now, after more than 20 years' absence, burlesque is grinding away again in Manhattan. This week marks the 40th for a show called This Was Burlesque, starring Ann Corio, durable (circa 50) doyenne of U.S. strippers. And Harold Minsky, whose very name used to mean runways and rhinestones, tassel twirlers,...

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