There is lots of fun to be had while enjoying Madwomen’s Late-Nite Cabaret. This quick-change cabaret features more than a dozen historically misunderstood female characters. Most are household names, like Eve, Marie Antoinette, Mata Hari and Joan of Arc. These women are brilliantly re-imagined as cabaret performers.
For first time Fringers that may be unfamiliar with theater lingo, a cabaret usually features a combination of music, song, and dance. There might be some comedy and drama sprinkled in for good measure, too. This performance style got its start in nightclubs and restaurants.
The IndyFringe Basile Theatre is the perfect setting for Madwomen’s Late-Nite Cabaret. It is one of the longest-running festival venues, with high ceilings and wood floors. It helps set the mood (and offers great acoustics) for the show. You can also purchase Backer Buttons from the box office – talk to a volunteer to learn more!
Madwomen’s Late-Nite Cabaret is hilarious and a bit cheeky. Once you see Lizzie Borden and her infamous axe sit at the piano, you’ll know it’s time settle in for some silliness. The cabaret is set in Purgatory, with Ethel Merman as the emcee. An hour of outrageous comedy is jam-packed with familiar tunes, physical comedy, and dancing.
Be on the lookout for a fantastic song and dance number by Procne and her sister Philomela. This Greek mythological duo is hard-hitting with the laughs. Amelia Earhart flies in for a quick visit. There is also a cameo appearance by the Virgin Mary!
It’s very refreshing to see the softer side of these misconceived women from history. For example, Medusa, like many women, longs for long and flowing locks. Many of the songs you will likely recognize, except the lyrics have been updated to fit each character (and are a laugh riot). The musical number by Sybil and her many personalities is very clever. You’ll like appreciate Eve’s woes as well. Turns out, it is kind of difficult to populate the entire earth!
The cast does a great job interacting with each other during numerous character changes. Their vocal range is also splendid during the multiple musical numbers. This is also a great show if you like audience interaction; you can sing and clap along if you’d like. By the last song, it will be hard for you not to! You’ll leave the theater giggling.
At its core, Madwomen’s Late-Nite Cabaret is a celebration of women and their ability to work through problems. The characters are finally free from oppression in Purgatory, which enables them to be indulgent and freely express their true emotions through music and song. Who doesn’t relate to feeling liberated when in a safe haven where you can be your true (often uninhibited) self?
If you’re looking something that’s light-hearted and showcases talented singers playing strong, female characters, don’t miss Madwomen’s Late-Nite Cabaret during the 15th Annual IndyFringe Festival. Buy tickets here.
Friday Aug 16th, 10:30PM
Saturday Aug 17th, 7:30PM
Sunday Aug 18th, 9:00PM
Tuesday Aug 20th, 7:30PM
Saturday Aug 24th, 9:00PM
Sunday Aug 25th, 1:30PM