Siobhan Atomica’s Show Me Burlesque Festival Diary (Part 2)
The Beggar’s Carnivale was split into three acts: one referencing the Dappers and Flappers event last fall, one referencing the ever-popular Van Ella Bordella events (which are exclusive events in the Van Ella studios that occur from time to time and essentially resemble what would happen if one were to create a Victorian gentleman’s club, sans any performer-to-patron contact), and the last act was an amalgamation of modern acts that didn’t fit in with the other themes: a sampler of excellence, if you will. That isn’t to lessen the excellence of the other acts, but it is the best-fitting description I am able to muster to sum up its flavour. There were intermissions between each act, allowing all the patrons to partake in Beggar’s Alley festivities including catching spirited variety acts in the hooch tent. Even though the show had two intermissions it did not drag at all. Every act was beautiful and riveting.