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'La Soiree' Brings Jugglers and Acrobats to Union Square Theatre

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The raunchy variety show "La Soiree" is now playing at the Union Square Theatre. NY1's Frank DiLella filed the following report.

It's circus meets vaudeville meets, well, sex. Welcome to the naughty and spicy world of "La Soiree."

The variety show features jugglers, acrobats, contortionists and more.

"La Soiree" is a spin off of the show "Absinthe" which played in the city back in 2006 down by the South Street Seaport.

On the day NY1 reporter Frank DiLella stopped by the show, Bath Boy, AKA Stephen Williams, was warming up his act, and let's just say he's certainly creating a splash for both the women and men in the audience.

So with such bitter cold temperatures outside, how does he bear to perform in the water on-stage?

"Before the show I fill it up so it’s boiling hot and then by the time the end of first half comes it’s usually a pretty nice temperature," says Williams.

And get this, swinging from the air isn't his only talent. When not in the spotlight, Williams moonlights on his own time as a pastry chef.

And keeping with the theme of food, we stopped by The Hollywood Diner to catch Hamish McCann and Denis Lock, aka the English Gents, before the evening show. The two guys, who literally climb on each other for their act, were chowing down pre-show meals that consisted of waffles, ice cream, steak, matzo ball soup, a milkshake, bacon, eggs and lasagna.

Q:: How do you eat this and then go perform?
Lock: I don’t know. I’ve always eaten a lot and I feel like the more I eat, the more power I have.

And even in the diner, the two guys who teamed up as an act back in 2004 couldn't resist the urge to perform.

As for the show itself, the gents say "La Soiree" is ever-changing.

"The show is deigned for people to come back more than once, so when they do come back they're going to have a different experience," says McCann.

And you can catch the English Gents, Bath Boy and others now performing in "La Soiree" at the Union Square Theatre.

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