Twenty-first century culture has become so baldly sexual that burlesque could seem quaint. Yet the acts at Cabaret Burlesque restore frisson to the form through powerful, compelling artistry. Eroticism, it turns out, can be conveyed as much by force of personality as by ribaldry and bared flesh. Magicians, acrobats, drag queens and stand-up comics are frequently on the bill, and all adapt to the aura of life-enhancing perversity.
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Best of Chicago 2017