A ghost, a mermaid, and a chicken walk into a bar. Sounds like the beginning of a really good joke, but it's actually the description of scenes from Lady Rizo and The Assettes’ latest performance at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St., 212-505-3474). And though the dancers’ costumes were funny, they didn’t stay on for long.
By the end of their numbers, each of Lady Rizo’s Assettes had stripped down to little more than pasties and panties. Such is the magic of “caburlesque”—the combination of cabaret and burlesque best used to describe Lady Rizo and The Assettes’ stage-shaking phenomenon. Lady Rizo (pictured at right), who wore va-va-voom Marchesa gowns, belted out renditions of overplayed pop-hits that were as refreshing as they were playful.
She is definitely playful—while batting her long lashes, she made a gesture so suggestive it was sure to offend any tight-laced member of the audience—but it’s her combination of pure talent, raw sexuality, and dirty humor that makes Lady Rizo absolutely intoxicating. On this night, she and her Assettes left the crowd begging for more: After the entire troupe performed “Welcome to the Jungle” wearing animal-print underpinnings and fishnet stockings, there was a call for an encore. Not to disappoint, they returned to the stage to perform with the evening’s headliners, The Little Death, for their drummer’s birthday.
Lady Rizo’s next performance is February 25 at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., 212-539-8778
(9:30 PM; tickets $15, $20 at the door)