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Reviewed: 2007-07-19 02:21:08
Rated: 9 out of 10 [4.5 Stars]
By: John Chase (

The word "burlesque" invokes many images: old-time comedians, strippers, singers and dancers... As its fusion with the word "cabaret" suggests, it is on the music of an era that Caberlesque! firmly sets its focus -- three eras in fact, beginning with 1933 Berlin, then passing through Amsterdam with Jacques Brel and Henry Mancini before arriving in the present day. Much more than a mere collection of songs, the arrangement flows from one number to the next, telling stories of the eras that produced the music and of the characters themselves.

There is splendid diversity here: from the sad to the upbeat, the psychedelic to the romantic, a touch of raunchiness and a little of the downright hysterical. The onstage cast of an actor, three actresses, and one puppet are superb. Their characters remain unique and universally strong throughout, even while breaking down the "fourth wall" to mingle with the audience. That there is no weak link in the group is reflected doubly in the fact that they wrote, produced, directed, and choreographed amongst themselves.

Caberlesque! is a virtually-perfect 4.5 out of 5 stars, and a "must-see" at the 2007 Fringe. My thanks go to this cast for transporting me to times I have always wished to visit -- if only I could have spectated with several stiff drinks and a smoke. Ah, those were the days!

John Chase
July 18, 2007

This production is part of the 2007 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.
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