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Overall rating: ★★★★1/2 Date attended: 22/02/2019
A raunchy and debaucherous show that was full of risqué business (and not for the weak-willed), Club Gotham: Villains of Vaudeville returned to this year's Adelaide Fringe with an illustrious cast of performers from the superhero universe that left us in the audience wanting more.
There is a tasteful combination of some classic characters, such as Talon, Ms. Freeze, Scarecrow, Robin, the Huntress, the Black Canary, and Catwoman (the trio who formed Birds of Prey), Firefly, and Harley Quinn. Hosted by The Joker, the audience was introduced to the characters, one by one, we were entranced by the hypnotic burlesque style of dance, song, and cabaret-style drama. Being a huge lover of the DC universe, it was tantalising and naughtily delicious to see a new side of some well-loved characters, in addition to being introduced to some characters that I did not know much about, prior to the show. Each character had a sensual performance to share with the audience, who would go crazy and start clapping, hooting, and shouting out for more, as the burlesque bombshells stripped off more and more items of clothing, one by one.
Bringing it to an epic close, we had a special guest appearance from a certain bearded Bat, who graced his presence upon us in bondage and stiletto heels, as he shook what he got from his mama and did a fantastic routine to Britney Spears' Toxic. It was low-key the best part of the show and I couldn't have pictured a better way to end what was a perfect night out in the city of Gotham!
There are lots of Easter eggs that are scattered throughout the true DC comic fans out there. The choice of characters brought together an eclectic mix of characters and performers, each of whom was able to encapsulate the magic, through the art of sequins, tassels, and cheeky playfulness emanating from each character's persona.
Club Gotham: Villains of Vaudeville will leave your heart palpitating in an intimate space, where you can expect everything out of the ordinary, a high level of mayhem and mischief, and a climactic journey that will leave you wanting more.
Club Gotham: Villains of Vaudeville will be performing at Nexus Arts on March 1 & 2, as part of the Adelaide Fringe. Book your tix here.