Hello boys and girls (and all other various creatures of Second Life) and welcome to another jam packed, fun -filled show review. The theater was filled to the rafters at Winds of the Sahara Cabaret this past Sunday and if you weren’t one of the lucky audience members in attendance, well…. you really missed out. While these reviews are a great way to document the amazing performances that grace our stage each week, they can never match the excitement and sheer delight of seeing them in person. Don’t believe me? Come spend your Sundays with us and see for yourselves 🙂
Our hostess this evening was the always sizzling Annie Panties. With a surname like that I find it quite ironic that I’ve never seen her wearing any… But I digress. Annie was simply stunning in a woven striped dress with a neckline that plunged all the way down below her navel (not kiddin…check out the picture below). As much effort as our cast put forth tonight, it’s doubtful anyone had a harder job than our hostess’s garment as it strained to keep Annie’s assets concealed for the duration of the show. As always, our Mistress of Ceremonies effortlessly guided us all through the evening’s festivities. Well done Annie!
Jilley opened the show tonight to a raucous round of applause. One of the most prolific performers on the grid, the Goddess of Thunder brought us an incredible, effects laden act with all sorts of flashing lights, smoke and motion. Joining Jilley onstage as she danced to Robot Dance Music were fellow space invaders Paul Woodrunner and Wiz Nirvana. Sadly, the mothership beamed them up to some distant planet, leaving us in awe as the vapors of their presence dissipated; but what a way to start the show!
The HAZMAT team was brought in shortly thereafter to declare the stage free of radiation and alien contamination and we were permitted to continue with the show. Lighting up the stage (literally) next was our redheaded sparkplug of sexy and sass, Ariel. Dancing to Peggy Lee’s ‘Fever’, she brought her set out in front of the curtain for a more intimate, more provocative performance. While big and flashy stages can enamor the crowd, some of my favorite acts are smaller, simpler sets that focus the audience’s attention on the performer. This was one of those acts. Very nice Ariel 🙂
Next to take the stage was the ladies’ favorite; the man, the myth, the legend…Devlin. Performing to Seduction Surrender by Grace Jones, he transported us to the primitive rain forest of the Amazon as a plethora of native tribesmen stalked our courageous dancer in search of their next meal. I must admit, part of me was rooting for the cannibals but hey, who doesn’t like an underdog? With a waterfall cascading behind him, Devlin thrilled us with his animalistic performance. This is one show i wanna see the director’s cut of. I just know some freaky stuff got left on the cutting room floor.
As we were whisked back to the safety and comfort of the theater, the curtains opened and Lotta brought us into a cabaret inside a cabaret (surely this must break some law of physics). Accompanied by En Vogue’s classic song ‘Hold On’ (can you believe this song is 25 years old? Boy do I feel old), Lotta and her friends slinked down from the stage and across the dance floor, wowing us with some absolutely incredible choreography. Their scintillating dance was one of the highlights of the night as the house lights reflected off their sultry, sequined dresses. Fantastic job Lotta!
Brightening up the evening with her sugary sweetness was the effervescent Queenie. The sexy diva emerged from a gingerbread castle surrounded by gummi bears, giant spinning lollipops and a gigantic oreo cookie that increased my waist line by two inches just by looking at it. Dancing to ‘California Girls’ by Katy Perry, she indulged us with all her sweet confections (and no, I am not just talking about the sugary kind…). I’m sure many a soul in the audience felt an urge to devour her…I mean her sweets…I mean the candy….oh whatever. You know what I mean if you were there 🙂
Closing out the evening’s festivities was some random redhead, performing to Abney Park’s ‘Dear Ophelia’. Let me take a moment to share with you a little secret I’ve discovered. That band is INCREDIBLE. Give them a listen; you won’t be disappointed. Things started off in a gloomy forest as spirits rose all around her while she danced atop a rotating bed. The scene then morphed into a dilapidated dock hidden in a decrepit swamp. As she emerged from a cabin she was joined by her lover and they proceeded to dance together as a ghostly couple arose from the waters below and mimicked them. As ghosts are known to do, they ascended into the night sky leaving our forlorn lovers to look down in sorrow as the show came to a close.
A special thanks to Rebecca for spinning the tunes. Without music we would all be mental patients frolicking on the Winds of the Sahara grounds leaving everyone else to wonder what the heck we were dancing to. Most of all we thank you, our amazing and loyal audience, who come out to share these performances with us week after week.
That does it for this week. A big thank you to everyone who came out Sunday and a big ‘what in the world were you thinkin?’ to everyone who missed it. We will be closed this coming Sunday, September 27th, so that we can prepare for our big themed show the first Sunday of October: “When Glam Rock Ruled the World”. So grab your ripped blue jeans, spandex and industrial strength bottles of hairspray to get ready for what is sure to be one rockin’ night of fun. See you soon!