The Force is strong with this one, indeed! Direct from Australia comes “The Empire Strips Back: A Burlesque Parody,” a cheeky smash-hit production that’s premiering in the states with a six-city tour throughout California from May 31 – June 9, including a stop right here in town on Friday, June 8 at the Community Center Theater (1301 L St., Sacramento). The show, which originated in a small Sydney theatre in 2011 and soon went on to major success, combines striptease, song and dance, troupe routines and plenty of “Aussie humor,” according to a press release sent to Submerge. It goes on to say that audiences will be “transported into the world of burlesque to witness a menacing troop of seriously sexy Stormtroopers, a dangerously seductive Boba Fett, tantalizing Twi’leks, a delightfully lukewarm Taun Taun, a lady-like Skywalker, and of course, scantily clad and daring Droids. Even Darth Vader will explore her feminine side with a fantastical twist.” Not sure about you, but they had us at “seductive Boba Fett.” So, now that you know about this amazing show coming to town, what better way to celebrate May the 4th and/or Revenge of the 5th (which we think should be national holidays) than by treating yourself or someone you know who loves Star Wars to tickets to this sure-to-sell-out show! Organizers are even letting us pass along a little savings to Submerge readers, so go to today and click on “Buy Tickets” on the Sacramento date and use the password “GALAXY” to get 10 percent off general admission tickets, which range in price from $45 to $75. There are also VIP tickets available that get you a post-show photo opportunity with a performer! Please note the discount password will not work for VIP tix. The show on June 8 will start at 8 p.m. and is for 18-plus only.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 15 of issue #264 (April 23 – May 7, 2018)**