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Sinsational: Rita and Mae - Adelaide Fringe Review

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by Tayla Giles (subscribe)
Tayla Giles
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Event: 26/02/2019 02/03/2019

Overall rating: ★★★★

Date Attended: 01/03/2019

Melody and Lucinda Beck exude old Hollywood charm in jazz cabaret Sinsational: Rita and Mae


Be transported back in time to Old Hollywood and witness the life and times of sex symbols Rita Hayworth and Mae West in the hottest new cabaret to hit the Adelaide Fringe, Sinsational: Rita and Mae.

Gluttony's new arts hub and Fringe venue, the Masonic Lodge, makes for the perfect vintage backdrop for these femme fatales, complete with intricate stonework, high ceilings and crystal chandeliers.

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The enchanting Melody Beck portrays "Love Goddess" Rita Hayworth, who rocked the 1940s with her provocative roles in timeless classics such as Gilda (1964) and The Lady from Shanghai (1947).

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Renowned for being the "Queen of the Double Entendre" and starring in films such as She Done Him Wrong (1933) and I'm No Angel (1933), the infamous Mae West is portrayed by the devilishly mischievous Lucinda Beck.

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Together, the dynamic duo (who are actually sisters in real life!) delight audiences with bewitching solo and duet performances interwoven with stories of their off-screen love lives, scandalous on-screen careers and tumultuous tabloid appearances.

Offering a dose of nostalgia to old Hollywood fans, Sinsational: Rita and Mae is a charming jazz show-meets-cabaret that leaves viewers yearning for a time of flapper dresses, fur coats and old fashioned entertainment.

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The Beck sisters dazzled audiences in The Owl Room at the Masonic Lodge for a string of sizzling shows for a limited time only between Tuesday 26 February Sunday 3 March.
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When: 10:40pm
Where: The Owl Room, The Masonic Lodge, 254 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA, 5000
Cost: $30 - $32
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