Sunday, November 9, 2008

Belle Barth: If I Embarrass You, Tell Your Friends (Theo Ubique) - 11/9/08

"Belle Barth: If I Embarrass You, Tell Your Friends" is a new musical being presented by the Theo Ubique folks at the intimate No Exit Cafe up in the Rogers Park Neighborhood. The show charts the career of Belle Barth, the revolutionarily gaudy and naughty comedienne of the 1950s. There is nothing extraordinary about this musical biography: the songs are pleasant enough and after a while, the lack of variety (how many sex jokes can you possibly fit in 90 minutes?; you'll find out with this show) wears on the the watcher. But Bethany is giving a star turn here. I've long admired her BIG voice, but here she shows a vocal subtlety and sensitive comedic touch that I'd not seen before.

Rating: **1/2 (out of *****)

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