FOUL PLAY CABARET: WITCHES OF OUACHITA MOUNTAINS
SATURDAY 10/29. Central Theatre, 1008 Central Ave., Scorching Springs. 8 p.m. $5-$35; $250 VIP Sofa.
For those who suppose burlesque is only a thinly veiled excuse to see some significantly mentionable unmentionables with a veneer of ethical impunity … OK, it truly is that. Nonetheless, could I introduce you to Foul Play Cabaret? The group of performers — Jezebelle Jax, Rosa Lee Bloom, Ruby Lead, Violet D’Vine and Doris Evening — makes the striptease appear to be shifting artwork, with extravagantly crafted costumes, whipsmart humor, a sex-positive ethos and relentless dedication to the evening’s theme, no matter it could be. (Witchcraft, on this case.)
They usually’re ever intelligent at delivering the aspect of shock: In one of many final exhibits of any sort I noticed earlier than the pandemic lockdown, a member of the troupe did a intelligent, clever tease in full tuxedo drag to the tune of a moody Smiths music (“This Charming Man,” was it?) and managed to stay fully clothed for the period, reaching into their shirt on the final second and letting go a mischievous cackle as they pulled out a hearty center finger and bounced offstage. The viewers went wild! And, as a result of Arkansas has extra good burlesque than we deserve, Foul Play is joined by host Pepper Darling, Fifi Deluxx of Memphis and by Maxie Fauna, maker of meticulously engineered stagewear and radiant founding father of the state’s foremost BIPOC burlesque troupe, Arkansas Shake Shakers. Costumes are inspired for attendees. Get tickets at Eventbrite.
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