The Crystalline Cabaret indeed delivers on a variety of fantasies without being overly risque with their House Nocturnae. Although there are plenty of pasties and shaking bare bottoms. The performers are playful and entertaining providing a smorgasbord of burlesque performances to suit almost any palate, from latex to lace to feather boas. There isn't much of a story line to the overall show or any of the individual performances other than you as the audience member being whisked away to visions of an old timely cabaret where you forget your worries and enjoy the entertainment provided by a troupe of sensual ladies. If all of that and the cartwheels and splits still aren't enough to make your evening complete it's almost impossible to deny the beautiful crooning of the torch singer, I only wish we were treated to more than just the one song.
The Crystalline Cabaret Presents: House Nocturnae is playing at the Havana Theatre 6 - 16 September as part of the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival.
~ reviewed by Karen Roller
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