The Ruby Besler Cabaret

cabaret & variety · ruby besler productions · Ages 18+ · world premiere · United States

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MARIA BAKER certified reviewer · June 26, 2013
The show was campy, funny and sexy. I had a great time seeing the show, Gere Fennely on the keys in particular!!! Highly recommend it.... full review

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JOHN MARIANO · June 12, 2013
Tastefully Bawdy! Writer/producer/actor Anastasia Barnes is the multifaceted "RUBY"in this little gem of the Fringe Fest. Flanked by a quartet of fan dancing, bustiered eye candy and a sparkly top hatted pianist, Anastasia heats up the stage with a little strut and shimmy through the life and times of "RUBY BESLER". Songs that contain a little spice and some torch to make the evening entertaining. A little taste of big theater. Everyone's working it for you. Go have some fun! ~John Mariano (The SPOLIN PLAYERS)... full review

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ALEX SCOTT · June 15, 2013
Ruby Besler, simply put, is a fun and entertaining, slightly abridged, story of a girl and her rise to fame. It's a fully realized production that suffered from a few (very minor) technical cues, that ,overall, is a relaxing, light hearted escape from the darker sides of the Fringe world. I would have loved to see this show expanded a bit more, with a larger cast and more caberet scenes. That said - Ruby Besler is a nice little piece of work. Great Job guys. ... full review

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ERIN MOORE certified reviewer · June 12, 2013
The preview performance suffered from a few technical issues as well as a lack of air conditioning and started 15 minutes late (but still ended 10 minutes early). Overall though the show is a fun 40 minute peak into the life of Ruby Besler. The songs and lyrics were cute and fun to listen to. The dancers definitely know their dances but did seem a bit nervous and unsure of themselves. I was hoping for a bit more of the magic and spectacle of 1940's burlesque but what they did, particularly with the fans was entertaining. While the stories Ruby tells are entertaining the staging was a bit distracting. There was a lot of pacing back and forth and at times I wondered if it might not be more effective to actually get to meet these characters, se... full review

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PAT MUSICK certified reviewer · June 15, 2013
Ruby Besler takes us back to a time when girls with "no prospects" were taught to live by their wits, which often included the world's oldest profession. Switching back and forth, Anastasia Barnes embodies the role of her domineering mother, and Ruby herself, while singing various numbers of delightfully raunchy tunes, along with a wistful torch song. Her sexy corseted back up singer/dancers play various roles brilliantly, an accompanist who could follow you through a blizzard, and the conceit of the chapters of her life delineating the change of scenes is a brilliant one. Add lots of red velvet and beautiful sparkling costumes from the period, and you'll step back into the 40's for a delicious hour. ... full review

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EDGAR BELTRAN certified reviewer · June 15, 2013
It was my first time goin to a show like this and i loved. It thanks to my friend for inviting me ... full review

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STEVE CRANE certified reviewer · June 17, 2013
Funny, sexy and great music... and who is that amazing piano player? None other than Redd Kross's Gere Fennelly! Great fun! Highly recommended. ... full review

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