Presented by The JustAss League
Reviewed 23 February 2018
The JustAss League presents a slice of DC Comic’s raunchy nightlife in Club Gotham: Villains of Vaudeville. In the privacy of the intimate Nexus Arts theatre, villains and heroes battle in sequinned costumes.
Hugo Fielke portrays an intimidatingly funny Joker, Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Fielke’s style pays homage to the Joker’s comic book and animated series incarnations. A tailored business suit and thin, overdrawn smile perfectly compliment his charisma. He welcomes the audience and threatens that if they do not applaud, they may not make it out alive. He performs the opening number I Go Looney before introducing his comrades in crime and burlesque.
Desert Rose beguiles as The Riddler, playfully stripping down so the audience can see the question marks written on her butt-cheeks. Die Lyla Dash stars as Harley Quinn, with a seductive striptease complete with a lap-dance for the Joker. (Her dance proves so effective that the Joker calls a fifteen-minute interval.) Another highlight is Moisty Magic as Miss Freeze, mesmerising the audience as she walks onto the stage completely covered in silver body glitter. Diana Divine performs a funny and sexy rendition of Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend as Catwoman, her bluesy voice proving to be a show-stopper. Cyd Starling as Poison Ivy seduces an eager Harley Quin, before our surprise guest arrives for the final act.
The Joker’s tantalizing den of thieves also includes Lady Cara as Two Face, Sirena Von Strumpet as Robin, Kitty De Claus as Penguin, Velvet La’Vim as Talon, Audrey Addiction as Huntress, Scarlet Popinjay as Black Canary, and Ignatius Blackthorne as Batman. Expertly produced by Diana Divine and Jackson.
Both the costumes and the seductive routines of the performers are dazzling. Though knowledge of the DC Comics universe is not necessary to appreciate the show, it certainly adds to your enjoyment.
A dizzying combination of tassels and sequins, tongue-in-cheek comic book references, and brazen nudity ensure a good time at Club Gotham… so long as you do not anger the Joker.
Reviewed by Nicola Woolford
Rating (out of 5): 5
Venue: Nexus Arts
Season: 23 Feb – 9 Mar 2018
Duration: 100 mins.
Tickets: $5.00 – $30.00
Bookings: Book through FringeTix online or at a FringeTix box office (booking fees apply)