Rebecca Margolin as "Lost Girl"
Tuesday night, I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening night of the Boston Babydolls Production called The Wrathskellar; a burlesque Halloween show. First off, let me tell you a little bit about who the Boston Babydolls are. They are the leading burlesque troupe in New England and were named Best of Boston by the Boston Phoenix in 2005 and 2010. Wrathskellar takes their classic burlesque talents and gives it an untraditionally dark twist.
Miss Mina as "Diva"
I knew the Boston Babydolls had a reputation for putting on a good show but I have a pretty short attention span - even during Burlesque Shows. However, I couldn’t keep my eyes off of these women. Each skit was a short, self-contained story that referred back to a broad, overall arc. Host Herr Bucher (played by Scratch) linked each carefully choreographed routine with dry, cynical humor and even an occasional magic trick. The atmosphere resembled a late-1800’s Sweeny Todd-esque saloon in the drudges of London. Lounge singers dressed as courtesans and burlesque performers sang while they served and were accompanied by an equally amazing band.
Betty Blaize as "Countess"
Although darker than usual, the show still had the traditionally sexy components of classic burlesque. Miss Mina, donned only in feather fans, performed a classic dance but with a small twist (you’ll have to see the show to find out) and Betty Blaize gave one of the best-choreographed performances of the night, spinning and dancing in stunning golden butterfly wings. Less traditional but equally impressive was a performance by Rebecca Margolin as a puppet – by far the creepiest performance of the night, but also one of my favorites. Each girl had her own distinct personality and as result had her own shining moment during the show. Linnea Peterson as a wide-eyed innocent performer auditioning for the first time… Sweetie Gladly as a sexy heroin addict… I could go on and on, but I think you should see it for yourself. If you’re looking for something sexy and sinister this Halloween that isn’t a nude scene from “Friday the 13th” be sure to check out The Boston Babydolls performing The Wrathskellar. It's definitely worth the $15.00 admission.
The Wrathskellar is performed nightly at the Cambridge YMCA Theatre up until October 31st (this Sunday). Buy tickets here.