My Time With the Lady

Opening tonight—heh, heh, I said “opening,” get it?—My Time With the Lady, Ron Richardson’s first-person account of five years working at The Lusty Lady, follows that First Avenue peep show’s recent closure. And there’s nothing sexy about closing. Even if you never ventured inside the landmark smut shop (1977-2010), you read its clever changing marquee and groaned at the puns. (Groan—get it?) Beginning in the late ’80s, Richardson served up front as cashier, janitor, and bouncer, watching as the new SAM signaled rising property values along the seedy old strip. (Four years ago, the Lady’s landlord earned $850,000 for selling the air rights to the luxury hotel-condo being constructed next door.) To help shape—get it?—the show, dancer Kirsten Lauzon will gyrate on stage and, on a more erudite note, SW contributor John Longenbaugh serves as co-writer and director. If you ever wondered what transpired on both sides of the glass in those steamed-up cubicles, this show should provide that satisfaction. Get it? T. BOND

Aug. 19-21, 8 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 26, 8 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 28, 8 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 29, 8 p.m., 2010