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This review of La Petite Mort's Dark Cabaret for the Dead comes courtesy of Andrew Hladecek .

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What You Missed: La Petite Mort's Dark Cabaret for the Dead (NSFW Photos)

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This review of La Petite Mort's Dark Cabaret for the Dead comes courtesy of Andrew Hladecek.

Cabaret has had a massive resurgence in the past decade. Thousands of performers and artists have dusted off the cobwebs from this antiquated art form. With a keen eye to the past and a creative eye towards the future, cabaret has once again placed itself firmly within the realm of live theatre arts. The La Petite Mort's Dark Cabaret for the Dead aims high for recapturing the essence of the golden age of American cabaret, but with a twist for the Halloween season. This showcase of musicians, dancers, burlesque and performance art delves into the darkest reaches of our notions of death. The theme carries throughout the show in a mostly uninterrupted fashion.

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Our MC for the evening was Miss Cherry Manhattan; an innuendo filled, Victorian robed, redheaded mistress of the night. She worked very diligently to act as the glue for the entire show. And as anyone who knows a cabaret show has found out, if the MC does not command the audience and keep them engaged the entire production falls apart. Ms Manhattan fulfilled her duties and added an extra bit of flair to her presentation that kept the audience enthralled throughout the night.

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The one and only burlesque act of the night was from La Petite Mort herself. She appeared onstage covered in black balloons which were filled with fake blood. She also had a feather with a sharpened point on it. You can imagine the rest. Pop! Pop! Squirt! Gasp! etc... The performance was well played, sensual, gruesome, and well executed. Bravo, young miss, bravo.

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The second musical act of the night was Professor Gall of Portland, OR. With a crinkled top hat, suspenders, a banjo, and facial hair that couldn't have been trimmed in any more of a fitting way, he serenaded the audience with his absurd tales of woe. His voice was absolutely commanding and the rhythm of his boot stomping on a wooden box seemed to hypnotize the audience. With a final toss of his hat into the crowd and a sharp depart to stage right, we were all left wondering "Who is this man and why have I not heard of him before?"

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Following Professor Gall was a rather lengthy piece of dance. Miss J9 Fierce appeared with La Petite Mort (who was lying on the back of the stage as a corpse) in a dance number that was executed well, but didn't seem to have the same sort of panache that the previous acts of the night had. There was plenty of dry ice and belly undulation involved in what seemed like an overly desperate attempt to have a corpse deliver a flower. While it did have a sensual aspect to it, the segment just seemed to lack a punch. Not that it didn't try, but the end effect was one of mild disappointment.

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And finally the last act of the night: La Petite Mort and the Twisted Monk in a rope bondage/suspension performance. First off, the name "Twisted Monk" is misleading as this man had no form of monastic attire whatsoever. This was certainly the crowd pleasing act of the night. La Petite Mort was systematically tied into a rope harness and spun around on a frame that took up the entire stage. The Twisted Monk kept yelling to the crowd to encourage him to tie up his partner, which was met with much applause. It was a solid performance to end the show with, but nothing more.

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