RAW: Cabaret Fringe – A Modest Exhibit By Charles Sanders – 4.5K

If the somewhat quaint title does not alert you to the possibility of an extraordinary show, then certainly Charles Sanders’ opening number as Mabel singing Take Heart from the Pirates of Penzance will do the trick.

A Modest Exhibit is the tale of the various influences on a child’s life as he grows. No doubt, at least in part autobiographical, Sanders takes from the world of Gilbert & Sullivan to Cher (as a substitute mother) via the trauma of parents splitting to Freddie Mercury; the result of what happens when the drug muse grabs you by the throat.

In a word Charles Sanders is amazing. His vocal strength is accompanied by a confidence and athleticism that makes this a stunning show. Dressed in almost trademark black leather trousers and mostly also a black singlet, the somewhat androgynous Sanders wows you with his passion for not only his music but his joy in performing – a creature who seemingly spends 23 hours each day absorbing the energy and subtlety of the world around him to let it rip for the 60 minutes he is up front and centre.

His Let Me Drown and U2’s I Still Haven’t Found What I Am Looking For are highlights but the entire performance is captivating and sublime.

If criticism is warranted it is in the absurd use of speakers the size of refrigerators for a crowd of 20 in a room too small to play pool in. A more unplugged persona would likely elevate this show to the top but in any case if you are into the Cabaret Fringe this is one show that will surpass all others. A star in the making and this show is by no means a modest exhibit of an extraordinary talent.

Kryztoff Rating  4.5K

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