Beyond the bright marquees and dim speakeasy, there is a timeless place where bouncy vaudeville meets soulful sounds and fresh comedy meets the glint of rhinestones. Smoke & Shadows is the Rockwell’s monthly burlesque and variety show that defies decade and genre, each time offering a new mix of performers from near and far. Lineup TBA.

A real burlesque stroke of luck! For one night only in April, Boston will host some of the most esteemed performers in the national burlesque circuit. Meet us at Smoke & Shadows for some incredible flavors of striptease from around world, from the most sensual and captivating personalities found on today’s vaudeville stages. As always, these bumping-and-grinding stars are joined by top comedy and music acts for a full sampler plate of the best entertainment we can find. Read about our cast and see why it’s our most tempting show of the year!

“The Maine Attraction” captivates audiences every time she hits the stage. Coined the “Triple Threat of Burlesque” (dancer/actress/singer) she’s performed domestically and internationally, from MGM Grand’s Studio 54 in Las Vegas, Le Bus Palladium (Paris), Buddha Bar (Beirut, Lebanon) to Dragon-i in Hong Kong. Energetic, sensual, and wildly charismatic, her uninhibited rhythmic style and sense of humor blend an ensemble of samba, belly dance, African, improvisation and contortion, and pole dancing into a movement she’s defined as “Burlesque Fusion.”

Boo Boo Darlin’, “the fun time Gal,” brings THE right combination of sexy and funny to the burlesque stage. She is Virginia grown and Brooklyn honed and has been popping pasties and prosecco since 2009. She has since become an international sensation receiving esteemed awards as the Rome’s 2014 Porcapapessa Award for the Caput Mundi Intertantional Burlesque Festival, 2017 & 2018 “Biggest Lebowski” award at Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender, and 7 golden pastie awards over her 10 years performing in the much loved New York Burlesque Festival.

Evil Hate Monkey is an award-winning primate who has been flipping and stripping for audiences since 2002. Based in NYC, this monkey has pioneered a niche in the international circus/cabaret scene, headlined festivals all over the world, staged multiple full-length theater productions and and won many awards including the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas Best Duo 2006, King of Boylesque 2010, Most Comedic 2010 and Most Innovative 2008.

Pepper Grinds, “the Coarsest Broad in Burlesque”, is the founder and fearless leader of Cape Cod’s first burlesque troupe—the Brazen Belles. After more than a decade of singing, dancing, performing and traveling the globe, Pepper returned to her roots in 2011 to spice up quiet village life with some sultry bumping and grinding, some satirical wit and a whole lot of sass. Pepper’s signature style has been featured in shows and festivals in New England and Canada, was chosen to compete in “best debut” at the Burlesque Hall of fame 2019 and earned the judges choice award at Alternatease 2018.

Hosted by Madge of Honor, an award-winning performer with more than ten years of experience on stage. She’s stripped and hosted all over New England, old England and the rest of the UK, and helped launched the first-ever socially progressive burlesque troupe in Singapore. Madge is also the co-founder of Boston’s third or fourth (or fifth) favorite Holiday show, the Buttcracker.


Doors at 9:00pm

Show at 9:30pm

Ticketing; General Admission | $28 | 21+ Proper ID Required

Accessibility; The Rockwell is wheelchair accessible.