Ottawa’s own An Evening of Sin brings their burlesque stylings from the Rainbow Bistro to the Ottawa Fringe Festival.
Should you see it?
Burlesque: variety style cabaret performances featuring baudy comedy and striptease acts, emphasis on the tease.
An Evening of Sin is well known in the Ottawa burlesque scene, putting on regular performances at the Rainbow Bistro. This year, they’ve brought six themed shows to Ottawa Fringe (classic, gorelesque, gender-bending, musical, nerdlesque, and variety).
The experience you get when you sit down to a burlesque show depends entirely on the performers and perhaps the theme of that show – as well as to some extent your personal preferences.
This particular evening of sin was one of glitz and glamour. It featured seven striptease performances of varying levels of talent and titillation. One or two of the performers seemed completely disconnected from the audience in front of them but on the other side of that there was Miranda Rights and her mesmerizing wings, the enthralling and lovelorn Randi Rouge, and the can’t-take-your-eyes-off-her Jolie Stripes with her reverse strip tease.
If you’ve been to a burlesque show before, you’ll find An Evening of Sin appropriately titilating and Ottawa Fringe is as good a place as any to take in a show. If you haven’t and possibly have been curious, there’s no easier and safer place to take a chance than here at Ottawa Fringe.
Admittedly, this is a style of entertainment that feels more suited to a raucous bar crowd who has a few drinks in them as opposed to a Friday 6pm early evening – and looking ahead the scheduling might unfortunately work against them – but try not to let the timing dissuade you.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think? Are you An Evening of Sin fan? Which performers got you going? Join the discussion in the comments below.