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Chicago Burlesque Reviews

No-Tell Cabaret at Debonair Social Club: Recap by Charisma Wills

Show: 
No-Tell Cabaret at Debonair Social Club

I didn’t know what to expect when I walked into the dimly crimson lit bar aptly named Debonair last night. The interior felt upscale and seedy simultaneously. Televisions screened black and white images in sharp contrast to a very loud thudding house music spun by the very friendly DJ Willie Mammoth.

Show Date: 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:00pm

The Kiss Kiss Cabaret Keep’em Coming Back at the Greenhouse Theater: Recap by Gari Hart

With a weekly residence at the Greenhouse Theater, one may think the Kiss Kiss Cabaret would be worn-down after appearing so often. That could not be further from the truth. On Friday, May 9th, Kiss Kiss, frequently noted as Chicago’s premiere weekly cabaret, lived up to their reputation.

Show Date: 
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 7:00am

Wiggle Room Burlesque Recap by Maya Docha

Michelle L'amour at Wiggle room
Show: 
Wiggle Room Burlesque & Stand-Up Comedy

Nothing compares to seeing a burlesque show at the Everleigh Social Club. It just looks and feels like the kind of place to have velvet walls. With the lights dimmed and the mood set in the packed studio, DeVaughn Dior, Nora Gretz, and Michelle L’Amour took the stage to “Big Spender” and kicked off Wiggle Room.

Belmont Burlesque Revue Jingle Belles: The Naughty List Recap by Jean Marie

Angel burlesque

I was excited to see a Holiday-style burlesque show, as other holiday shows are usually geared towards kids... this certainly lived up to my expectations. The dancing, boobs and girls were great and entertaining--as this was my second burlesque show to ever attend. Holiday themes mixed up cheeky numbers ranging from Santa Jesus, a choir song about tits, and Hanukkah. The ladies were beautiful and fun-the show was filled with laughter.

Vaudezilla’s Junk in the Trunk: A Naughty Nostalgia Burlesque Recap by Henrietta Heartbreak

So here’s a slice of what happened this month, in A Naughty Nostalgia Burlesque. SPOLIER ALERT: A couple *ahem* phallic objects *ahem* made appearances during the night. While these rather realistic looking props can sometimes be used as a great gag/joke in a piece

Michelle L'amour's All I Want for Christmas Holiday Burlesque Spectacular Recap by Ethan See

Michelle L'amour Christmas Show
Show: 
Michelle L'amour's All I Want for Christmas Holiday Burlesque

A lot of people will ring in the holiday season with a mad shopping spree, or watching their favorite animated special from childhood. But the connoisseurs of burlesque know that nothing sets the stage for the holidays like swinging tassels and rosy cheeks that shimmy and shake.

Performers include: 
Honey Halfpint, Dottie La Vie, and Dorian Ames.
Show Date: 
Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 12:00am
Venue Address: 
Mayne Stage Theater - 1328 W Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
Ticket price: 
$20.00

Vaudezilla’s Monster Burlesque University Recap by Henrietta Heartbreak

Vaudezilla's Monster Burlesque
Show: 
Vaudezilla’s Monster Burlesque University

A place for Monster Students, Teachers and the Undead to come together in an effort promote knowledge and acceptance of all types of person (human or otherwise) so long as you don’t mind a little blood, gore, or sensuality!

Performers include: 
Titty Perkins, Red Hot Annie, and Trixie Sparx.
Show Date: 
Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 10:30pm
Venue Address: 
Stage 773 - 1225 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Ticket price: 
$18.00

2012 Superstars of Burlesque Show in Chicago - Recap by Ethan See

Superstars of burlesque recap
Show: 
Superstars of Burlesque 2012

Chicago Burlesque fans are pretty damn spoiled. I mean, not only do we live in a city with one of the most vibrant collection of local troupes; living legends and the top performers in the world descend on our fair city once a year to blow our minds.

Performers include: 
Dirty Martini, Julie Atlas Muz, and Frenchie Kiss.
Show Date: 
Friday, September 21, 2012 - 7:30pm
Venue Address: 
Metro - 3730 N Clark St. Chicago IL
Ticket price: 
$25.00

Eve’s Parlor- A Benefit for Katie’s Kids Recap by Henrietta Heartbreak

Angela Eve Burlesque
Show: 
Benefit for Katie's Kids at the Metro Featuring Angela Eve and Eve's Parlor "Big Top Cabaret"

At the Metro on Saturday night, I was greeted by heavy security and A TON of ID checks. I had heard this show would be big, and this definitely confirmed it. Live, LOUD music thrust its way through the lobby and entrance way. The line “Open up my eager eyes, ‘cause I’m Mr. Brightside!” was decipherable from the front doors, and I knew I was in for a great show!

Performers include: 
Angela Eve, Donna Touch, and Viva La Muerte.
Show Date: 
Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 11:00pm
Venue Address: 
Metro - 3730 N Clark St. Chicago IL
Ticket price: 
$35.00

Chicago Teases for the Strip show recap by Di' Lovely

The Burlesque Hall of Fame (BHoF) in Las Vegas, Nevada is something too rare that this community as a whole cannot lose. Sin City would seem to make the perfect archival home for keeping the rich history of burlesque alive, however its specific location has been overrun with the construction of the adjacent transit highway. And so, what is the BHoF to do, in order to properly preserve its precious gems? Well, those assels gotta get movin'! With the ever growing burlesque community and with room to spare for legends in the making, it is only fitting that the BHoF be relocated to an even

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