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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Review: Madwomen's Late Night Cabaret (Fringe 2011)

Reviewed by Émilie Charlebois

This show’s main problem was timing and pacing, which caused most of the already pretty lame jokes, to fall flat. It also lacked a lot of fluidity as a whole since there was nothing that connected the different acts. Hosted by Ethel Merman, with Lizzy Borden on piano, the Madwomen’s Late Nite Cabaret features a line-up of historical females who sing songs that only vaguely associate them with their historical pasts. It felt like a never-ending series of bad puns. To be fair, the actual musical numbers aren’t bad since all the players are obviously talented vocalists. It would have been a bit more interesting to have less characters with more meaningful interactions between them and original dialogue and monologues that reference each character’s history, rather than simply recount events we can read about on Wikipedia. 


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