Published October 23, 2012
If the Shoe Fits...
Burlesque and Old Fashioneds on the LES
Of all the things that can go on a stage, a scarcely clothed woman climbing a silk ribbon is the
... is a thing you’re about to think.
Introducing The Slipper Room
, a superbly cramped Victorian house of live spectacle and hooch,
opening Halloween night on the LES.
Gaga used to jump on stage here once in a while, pre-famousness. Then it closed. Now it’s been rebuilt
from top to bottom as the kind of gold-brocaded, fleur-de-lis-walled, darkened maison de
where you’d have clambered up next to Toulouse-Lautrec in Paris circa 1888. Think a more
proletarian version of the Box.
Yes, you caught “burlesque” back there. That’s happening. As is comedy on Tuesdays, and a steady diet
of trapeze artists, acrobats and the occasional band on other nights. There’s a piano and drum kit just
off the stage. Everything’s exactly how you want it to be. Tom Waits may as well be banging on the keys in
a bowler, sporting a monocle, holding some prop cymbals and shrouded in a cloud of purple smoke.
This is final-stretch-of-a-long-first-date territory (shows go every hour until 4am). Actually, come here
for Halloween, post-whatever-the-hell-you’re-doing-that-night. We suggest trying for a table on the
balcony, where you’re right on top of the tall, narrow stage. A disquietingly comely drag queen will tend
to your Old Fashioned or stinger needs.
Just to be clear, that means she’ll serve you drinks.
The Slipper Room
167 Orchard St
(at Stanton St)
New York, NY 10002