It is a one-woman comedy by a former exotic dancer that makes fun of some of the finer points to exotic dancing – such as booth tanning, stage names, and competition among VIP dancers.
I have to say there were moments when I was laughing so hard that tears were literally coming out of my eyes. I had to stifle myself many times because I could barely contain the giggles. Some of the jokes are extremely funny if you've been or are a stripper. My friend, dancer Ryann Rain, and I laughed very loud at some jokes that others didn't seem to get.
But...there were also parts where everyone else was laughing but we weren't. June most definitely represents the role of the degraded stripper saying things like she "hated" herself as an exotic dancer. At first her show seems refreshingly sex positive and funny. But there is an underlying sell out to the stereotypes.
I was very disappointed to find just another recreation of society's misconceptions - reinforced by the fact that it's delivered by a former stripper. She doesn't give any credit to the creativity, hard work, or skill that goes into being an exotic dancer.
What could be an incredible show that laughs at the follies of stripping while challenging the misconceptions turns out to be just another regurgitation of mainstream feminism's anti-pornography rhetoric. The 20% of the show that condemns stripping overshadows the 80% of hilarious, light-hearted content and gives it a sinister feel.
June Morrow’s amazing performance ability, excellent writing, and ability to tell a fantastic joke are testaments to the creativity, intelligence, and showmanship common among exotic dancers. But that is not the message that sticks in your mind. Her closing is a warning not to be a stripper. The mostly mainstream crowd in attendance was obviously not challenged in any way by her content. They left believing that all of their pre-conceived notions about strippers are true.
I wore my “I *heart* strippers” shirt to her show, and felt distinctly out of place in it. To say that I was disappointed is a grave understatement.
I hope this kind of feedback might cause her to re-evaluate her message in her show. I think it would make the show even better. Not just because of the political implications of her message, but because I found the negative vibe of the show to be in contradiction with the rest of the performance. It didn't fit. It's almost like she added it to try and appease society or apologize for being a stripper.
Ryann Rain, summed it up perfectly: "We all know there's an ugly side, and the highest highs and lowest lows to stripping... but I left the show last night feeling targeted and condemned. It fed all the stereotypes of drug use, poor parenting, being trapped, and that it was an entirely damaging experience to dance-- for everyone. ‘Don't peel-- just be real’ was the message and I was really upset that she would make it so anti-stripping when she's obviously making a living using her experiences as a stripper!"