Miss Bettie Bombshell’s After Hours Cabaret Club easily makes the The Plus Ones’ where-to-go-on-a-second-date shortlist. The venue, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, is all what a jazz club should be: intimate, cozy, tables right up to the stage, relaxed atmosphere, easy access to fine drink (and cheese platters).
When you pair it with a show that is ‘dangerously debauched, scandalously sophisticated, and outrageously unpredictable’, it is one hell of an ice-breaker.
Any prudes will be titillated, and you will find yourself laughing uproariously, dancing with cast and audience, and maybe even having your forehead licked.
The evening is a mélange of vaudeville, circus acts, cabaret, and lots of burlesque. There are mimes, a dreamy house jazz band, a cracking singer / MC, Miss Burlesque Australia (and Mr. Boylesque Australia!), sexy bodies of all shapes, and A LOT of twirling nipple tassels!
This is a taste of what I experienced with my plus one: a lap dance by Miss Hollywood Burlesque winner, in a lion onesie — to the tune of ‘Hakuna Matata’. Fritz the Flying Flea (and accompanying circus act with novelty-sized cannon). The statuesque Porcelain Alice, mixing art deco with fire-swallowing. Old time jazzy tunes blended with dubstep. Unnatural acts performed with metalwork and nostrils. Tasteful side-boob. Synchronised burlesque dancing. Daring feats of seductive hoola-hooping. Balloon sculptures. The whole room dancing with the artists to a beautiful cover of Lionel Richie.
In the words of one of the (many cheering) audience, this was the best live show he’s ever seen. I get to see a lot as a writer, and certainly plenty of fine cabaret, but this one show stands out for being SO MUCH FUN.
Christian G. is an international man of mystery; lover of books, cats and the performing arts; moonlighting as a finance professional by day.