Cabaret Whore: More! More! More!

CABARET
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Cabaret Whore: More! More! More!
Underbelly

Sarah-Louise Young has been performing versions of Cabaret whore at the free festival for the past two years and she as made the leap to a fully fledged hour long slot at one of the big four venues with a good degree of success.

The show starts with Sarah-Louise in character as Bernie St Clair, a washed up lounge singer from New York greeting the audience as they enter the performance space. Bernie has a strong hint of one Liza Minnelli in terms of the vocal tone and the style of vocal singing performance and in-between songs allows us into a life that despite being bitter remains upbeat and positive to her adoring fans in the darkness.

We are then introduced to Kasia an eastern European performance artist with a passion for hearing god from a ukulele. This is a stab at mixing politics with comedy and for me was slightly lost on the audience but does work well in the musical numbers. Kasia gives way to Babydoll a strange creation of character based on a child star who refused to grow up and performs with a 3 foot doll. The humour includes a stab at incest which I found uncomfortable to watch never mind laugh at which is why the show fell from a four star to a three. The show is rounded off with La Poule Plombée a depressive French diva missing her glory days while contemplating suicide. This is strong character based on Edith Piaf and is by far the funniest character and brings the hour to a close with a rousing sing a long in French with her audience.

Sarah-Louise performs hard but the choice of comedy material makes it a show that it times is hard to laugh at, but if your open minded enough and want to try a caustic cabaret hour then perhaps this is the show for you.