The Burlesque Effect Javeenbah Theatre: The magic of 1950s’ burlesque is brought to life on stage in this play about a straight-laced, conservative fellow who’s life is turned upside down after his boss drags him along to a burlesque club. Directed by Gillian Crow. (Report, Page 7.) Plays Thursdays to Saturdays at 8pm from tomorrow until October 12, with a 2pm matinee on Sunday. Tickets $25. Call 5596 0300 to book. Knee Deep, Lismore City Hall: NORPA presents this creative blend of circus and modern media which shows off the skills and grace of four performers – from new circus troupe Casus – at the top of their game. Plays tomorrow and Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets $39 adults, $33 seniors, $20 children. Visit norpa.org.au or call 1300 066 772 to book. On Air! On Air, Spotlight Theatre, Benowa: 2012 Gold Coast Little Theatre Dolphin award winner (best director and best overall production) Helen Maden directs this hilarious, world-premiere play, written by her husband Peter Maden. Top local cast includes Del Halpin, Virginia Leaver, Katie McNair, Tara Page and Libby Bancroft. Plays Spotlight’s Basement Theatre Thursdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm until October 5 with a 2.30pm matinee on Sunday. Tickets $18 to $30. Call 5539 4255 to book. Sleeping Beauty, Tweed Civic Centre: Last days! Tweed Theatre Company pantomime, adapted by Natalie Trengove, with songs and music written/arranged by Jim Fury. Stars Tahlia Traecey, Chris Hawkins, Casey Fegan, Hayden Bech, Amy Stonehouse, Charlotte Pirrone and more. Plays tomorrow at 7pm and Saturday and Sunday at 1.30pm. Tickets $18 adults, $7 children and $40 families. Part proceeds benefit Tweed Heads Hospital. Phone 1800 674 414 or visit tweedtheatre.com.au to book. The Glass Menagerie, Gold Coast Little Theatre, Southport: Last days! Noella Johnson directs this Tennessee Williams’ partly autobiographical classic set in St Louis in the 1930s. The play looks at ‘‘truth in the guise of illusion’’ as revealed by Tom, the son of the family. Follows the lives of Tom’s suffocating mother, Amanda, and shy, crippled sister Laura – and her glass menagerie – as he remembers life with his family. Stars Laney McLean, Sasha Cuha, Chantelle Wright and James Fitchett. Plays tonight until Saturday at 8pm. Call 5532 2096 or visit gclt.com.au to book. Calendar Girls, Ballina Players Theatre, Ballina: Last days! Adapted by Tim Firth from the film of the same name and based on an inspiring and uplifting true story of a group of women who decide to pose for a charity calendar after one of their husbands is diagnosed with leukaemia. Directed by Fran Legge. Plays tonight until Saturday at 8pm. Visit ballinaplayers.com.au or call (02) 6686 2440 to book. Cabaret De Paris, Jupiters Hotel & Casino: A lavish, 90-minute Frenchflavoured revue, Cabaret De Paris stars former Moulin Rouge showgirl Marissa Burgess, illusionist and Australia’s Got Talent finalist Michael Boyd and comedy circus performer Justin Case. A celebration of old-fashioned showgirl glamour featuring performers who have graced the stages of the Moulin Rouge and The Lido in France, Cabaret de Paris also features adagio dancers, aerial pole artistry and cancan dancers. Plays Jupiters Theatre Tuesdays to Fridays at 7.30pm and Saturdays at 3pm and 7.30pm, with matinees on Sundays at 4pm and Wednesdays at 1pm, until October 11. VIP cabaret-style table seating, dinner/ show and locals’ ticket deals available. Tickets from $49. Call 132 849 to book. Sin & Tonic, Dracula’s, Broadbeach: The famed cabaret restaurant’s new variety show melds Berlin burlesque, mischievous comedy, carnival novelty acts and a punchy songlist. Show for 18+ audiences. Stars Rudi Testa, Danielle Casson, Richard Macionis, Megan Barry-Cotter and a live band. Dinner/ show plays Tuesdays to Saturdays with arrivals from 6.30pm. Spirit of the Horse, Australian Outback Spectacular, Oxenford: Dinner/show with a cast of larger-than-life characters, big stunts, special effects, live music and a threecourse meal. Plays Tuesdays to Saturdays with matinees on the last Sunday of the month. Doors open 6.15pm. Tickets from $79.99. – Picture: SCOTT FLETCHER
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James Fitchett and Chantelle Wright in The Glass Menagerie.