Calling Emilie Autumn’s performance at the Gothic Theatre Saturday night a concert doesn’t do it justice. Along with the Bloody Crumpets, Autumn performed her musical, “Fight Like a Girl,” which rivals extravagant Broadway productions. An audience of young steampunks and goths — fondly referred to as “plague rats” — regaled in the story of psychiatric ward incarceration.
Amid prison bars, candles and fog, industrial noise ratcheted up a rabid audience as the redheaded Captain Maggot and the voluptuous Victoria crept onstage. They were followed by Autumn herself, wearing corsets and stockings in the guise of a mad victorian hooker. Her hair erupted with a mohawk of feathers — and the ride through her mind began with the title song.
The journey poured out with “One Foot in Front of the Other,” “We Want Them Young,” “Take the Pill” and “The Art of Suicide.” Occasionally the melodrama boiled over into absurdity, but that’s all a part of the “Victoriandustrial” scene.
The trio also performed vaudevillian skits amid all the trauma. One featured a skit about Bloody Crumpet stories discovered on FanFiction.net, where the trio acted out a steamy victorian-era women’s asylum erotica scene. Later, a dominating Victoria enticed a woman from the audience to come onstage and kiss her – and succeeded.
After the play, Autumn emotionally thanked her audience, reminding them that they “… have always held the keys to the asylum [and they] now have the gate to go through.” She performed “Mad Girl” as an encore, and closed the show with a sing-along of “Thank God I’m Pretty.”
Vy Pham is a Denver photographer and a new contributor to Reverb.