According to Lincoln Center's new LCT3 project at its slogan, it takes "New Audiences for New Artists." It also takes new critics, hence the establishment of Theater Talk's New Theater Corps in 2005, a way for up-and-coming theater writers and eager new theatergoers to get exposure to the ever-growing theater scene in New York City. Writers for the New Theater Corps are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the off-off and off-Broadway theater scene, learning and giving back high-quality reviews at the same time. Driven by a passion and love of the arts, the New Theater Corps aims to identify, support, and grow the arts community, one show and one person at a time.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Harvey Finklestein’s Sock Puppet Showgirls - Review by Liza White

Let’s face it you’ve been waiting for a reason to rent the 90’s cult hit Showgirls…a tasteless blend of bad acting, bad writing, and bad dancing. You could fire up the DVD player and spend a few hours watching Elizabeth Berkley go ballistic, only to get kicked out of your apartment by your roommate for watching such rubbish. Or you could (and should) head over to Ace of Clubs for the best most deliciously raunchy theatrical parody in New York, Harvey Finklestein’s Sock Puppet Showgirls.

Get to the show early to treat yourself to a menu of specialty Showgirls cocktails like Sex in the Pool, Iced Nipple, Las Vegas Iced Tea, and Nomi Between the Sheets. Once you are good and liquored up, sit back to enjoy the brashness that only sock puppets can provide (sorry Avenue Q, there are some new offensive puppets in town).

Harvey Finklestein’s Sock Puppet Showgirls follow the same basic (and I do mean basic) plot of the original movie. The ambitious dancer, Nomi, claws (and strips) her way to the top of the Vegas showgirl circuit. The puppets, wonderfully manipulated, add new flare to this age old story. Ever seen a sock puppet pole dance? You will. And you will be delighted as your childhood friend Lambchop makes her adult debut. Hmmm it’s almost like when Elizabeth Berkley of childhood classic Saved by the Bell bared all for her adult debut in Showgirls. Harvey Finklestein’s Sock Puppet Showgirls reminds us that eventually all socks become dirty.

Harvey Finklestein’s Sock Puppet Showgirls runs every Saturday at 8 PM beginning May 13 at Ace of Clubs (9 Great Jones Street – inside Acme). Tickets are $15, available at 212-352-3101 or

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