Bell, book, and cabaret

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

Whether you’re in the mood on Hal­loween night for some scary-zany wack­i­ness or some hor­ri­fy­ingly wacky za­ni­ness, the Jewel Box Cabaret should get you to shakin’. The cast has de­vised a Hell on Heels song-and-dance ex­trav­a­ganza in the style of a Las Ve­gas va­ri­ety revue. Th­ese peo­ple are spe­cial­ists in “the art of gen­der il­lu­sion.” In other words, there’s bur­lesque, and some­times (even if you’re good) you just can’t tell what sex peo­ple are. Plus they have won­der­fully glit­tery cos­tumes and makeup and ex­pres­sions. The twenty-one-and-over show has been known to prompt peo­ple (even af­ter en­joy­ing cock­tails from the cabaret bar) to ex­claim, “Am I in New Mex­ico?” The cabaret is led by per­form­ers with in­ter­est­ing names, in­clud­ing Guava Chif­fon, Chastity St. Jaymes, and Kr­isha Li­cious, not to men­tion Madame Marie An­toinette Du Barry (nearly a real French per­son) and CoCo Caliente. The Jewel Box Cabaret is in its third year at the María Benítez Cabaret Theatre at the Lodge at Santa Fe (750 N. St. Fran­cis Drive). Doors open on Satur­day, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m.; the Jewel Box hits the stage at 8:30. VIP seat­ing is $20 and can be re­served by call­ing 505-428-7781. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion seat­ing is $15 at the door.

— Paul Wei­de­man

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