In the 1930s, burlesque impresarios welcomed the hilarious comics
and musical parodies of vaudeville to their decidedly lowbrow niche. A
headliner called "the nance"—usually played by a straight man—was a
stereotypically camp homosexual and master of comic double entendre. THE
NANCE recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque's heyday and
tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers.
At a time when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay,
Chauncey's uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast
to his offstage life.