FRINGE 2017 – The Paris Underground Cabaret – 3K


The Paris Underground Cabaret sticks to its theme – parisian music, an emcee with a thick french accent, and costumes that consist of striped tops, red berets, and monochrome everything. There are acts in the catacombs of the City of Light, and war-time lovers dance forlornly.

The problem with being a cabaret act at the Adelaide Fringe is that to stand out from the crowd you have to really be extraordinary. Whilst the Paris Underground Cabaret has moments of great entertainment – an incredibly talented trapeze artist, a very technical and beautiful dance number – but some numbers lack the spark necessary to really captivate.

The magic acts were intriguing, but some had bizarre lead-ups and themes that didn’t make a lot of sense. One of the magician’s acts ends with her pulling out flags from her bag, which are attached to a noose. It left the audience a bit quiet and didn’t quite land.

Having said that, Richard the emcee gives it his all and manages to keep the show together. Circus artist Hannah Trott’s numbers are fantastic, and comedy comes to the forefront in the second half of the show. If you are a francophile and enjoy dance, burlesque, and magic, then grab tickets to The Paris Underground Cabaret.

Kryztoff Rating: 3K

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