This past Friday I attended Mon Cherie’s Va-va Voom show: “Burlesque With a Hitch” at the Masquerade. The show was a tribute to Sir Alfred Hitchock because it fell smack dab on his birthday! As if the evening were planned by the master of fear and fantasy himself, I drove to the venue by the pale light of a full orange moon. By the time I made the twenty minute jaunt to The Masquerade in Atlanta, it was pouring down rain. Out came my little plaid brolly and I skipped on into the venue to see the show.
Mon Cherie certainly out-did herself with the decorations provided by Atlanta’s own Jacqueline Trade working overtime with working chandeliers, cobwebs, large set pieces, and carrion birds peering over the walls at all who bore witness to the evening’s spectacle. The entire room certainly had a mood. One of dark daring, I had to say that the attendees, some familiar faces, some new, had a bit more edge to their countenance than I have ever experienced before at a Va-va Voom. Could it be that some people were inspired by the old man’s work? Who could tell? But one thing is for certain, if the room’s decor wasn’t what got people in the right frame of mind, the performers took them there kicking and… screaming?
Miss Mason with her beautifully coiffed hair lead the night with her rather snarky and droll repartee. My highlights for the evening were the always fantastic Alabaster as Sir Alfred Hitchcock himself, complete with a shadow screen and line drawing to walk in to. Alabaster even made brief cameos in most of the numbers as Hitchcock as a subtle nod to the master of suspense’s propensity for doing the same, albeit more subtle cameos in all of his productions. This of course made my movie loving soul go ‘SQUEE!’
My other highlights were The Chameleon Queen’s tribute to “The Monkey’s Paw”, one of my absolute favorites. Chad Sanborn, who debuted a new bit of stage magic with his lovely assistant, Catatonic Ruckus, Sadie Hawkins who hung from a rope precariously above all our heads, and lastly, Fonda Lingue who was quite the ‘Pleasure Garden’ to behold!
Of course she had her dazzling array of vendors throughout the venue, and even a photo booth by Bunny C, Mr. Creepy, and Megan Brutal for folks who wanted to commemorate the occasion!
The whole night was a lot of fun, and truly, some of the numbers regarded the theme and were a hit right out of the park, a few missed the theme entirely, but were very pretty all the same. All that aside, the talent and production value far outweighed the ticket price so I highly recommend for a night out on the town, these shows far exceed the expectations one usually has for a five dollar ticket price. As a starving artist myself, I will take that and run to the next Va-Va Voom show! Fri, Oct 7th – at The Shelter– Golden Age of Television – Classic TV presented by none other than Atlanta’s own Grand Dame of Atlanta based productions, the lady Mon Cherie! For more about what this vexing vixen is all about, check out her website: www.moncheriepresents.com/