A visit to the Wreck Bar in the B Ocean hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach is like a step back in time to the kitschy days of the 1950s.

Formerly known as the Yankee Clipper and shaped vaguely like an ocean liner, the hotel’s bar is defined by wooden planks, thick ropes and portholes above the bar that frames a view of the pool. 

While families frolic in the waters during the day, arrive later in the evening and bar patrons may be treated to a fleeting sight of a mermaid, another nod to an era long past. Since 2006, Marina Anderson and her production company MeduSirena, have been training and choreographing the spectacle at the hotel. 

Anderson started with fantasy mermaid shows, but has more recently branched out into adult burlesque-flavored shows and even boylesque performances, featuring ripped men tantalizing gawkers in the bar below. Her “Aquamen” show is currently playing twice monthly with three to four performers. 

“Sure enough, I found a great group of lunatics who were willing to take the dive,” Anderson said. “And, because of proximity to Wilton Manors, why wouldn’t you want to see male striptease?” 

The Aquamen come from surprising backgrounds, Anderson pointed out, “I’ve got a guy who [scuba] dives with sharks, but there’s also a Marine helicopter pilot, an accountant…” and she sees herself as the “den mother.” 

“Somebody’s got to do it. I train them, I dress them, I oil them, I oil them, sometimes I oil them again,” Anderson said with a chuckle. “It’s the most diverse group of maniacs you could ever ask for.” 

In all her shows, the longtime choreographer — she came to Fort Lauderdale as a dancer at the Mai Kai Polynesian restaurant — must be careful not to cross the lines of decency. The bar is in a hotel lobby, she emphasized. But that doesn’t mean the shows can’t still be sexy and, more importantly, funny.  

In the past, she has put together a “Magnum, P.I.” show with the swimmers dressed in Hawaiian shirts, baseball caps and mustaches, and comic performances featuring banana suits (“I have this thing about bananas,” she offered.). 

“Once they start getting their own identities, that’s when they start to shine,” Anderson explained. “You want to stick out. Generally, they behave, but they’ll push it knowing that I’ll laugh my ass off.” 

She also noted that audiences have very different perceptions of “sexy.” Some look for the hard bodies, but others may be more attracted by performers who flirt or have a sassy persona under the surface. 

“It’s always a surprise,” she promised. 


MeduSirena presents “Aquamen” boylesque show twice monthly on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. at the B Ocean Resort, 1140 Seabreeze Blvd. on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Tickets are $65 and include dinner and drinks. More information at BOceanResort.com.