Tiger Lillies

Philadelphia Weekly
December 12, 2007

Editor's Picks


Tiger Lillies
Wed., Dec. 12, 7pm. $25. With Our Hollow Earth by Geoff Sobelle and 
Bradford Trojan. Fillmore at the TLA, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. 

Trafficking in Brechtian cabaret sprinkled with dark humor and shocking lyrics, Tiger Lillies continue to shatter convention as they tour the world, garnering equal amounts of disdain and acclaim.

With songs like “Shoot Your Load,” “Rapist,” “Abort the Child” and “Jesus on the Windshield,” it’s almost inconceivable that the lily-livered dotards who make up the Grammy-nominating committee would go anywhere near a Lillies release.

Nonetheless, 2003’s The Gorey End found itself on the short-list of contenders for the Best Classical Crossover award. The presence of the highly touted Kronos Quartet doubtlessly increased the album’s viability, but even a Josh Groban appearance couldn’t bring the Tiger Lillies into the mainstream.

The cabaret play Our Hollow Earth kicks off an evening that might best be described as a cross between a 1920s Berlin and a traditional British pantomime, with extra “eccentricity, blasphemy and weirdness.” (Joshua Valocchi)

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