So you didn’t get to go to Brazil for the World Cup. Fret not. Tango, Cabaret, Love! will surely send you straight to Argentina!
Chipi (Lorena Sabogal), Kiki (Cecilia De Feo), and Bombon (Laura Quiroga) are fiery showgirls from South America who are eager to share their love of tango and song. When they enter the room, they immediately start flirting with the audience. Chipi states that this is “a cabaret to fall in love.”
The set design and costumes feel authentically 1940s. Chipi, Kiki, and Bombon all wear gorgeous black & white polka dot dresses. There is an actual full piano on stage, cute nightclub tables, and an old-fashioned radio microphone to sing into.
Tango, Cabaret, Love!
by Cecilia De Feo
at Lab II – Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Details and tickets
This is a cabaret, so the three women spend most of the show singing. Kiki has the strongest voice. Her songs were my favorites. It’s important to know that all of the songs are in Spanish. Even if you don’t understand a word of Spanish, you will never feel lost. The program provides a description of every song, in the order it’s performed. And the dialogue in between all of the songs is in English.
And the language of dance is universal. The dancing is the best part of the show. Bombon is the standout dancer. She dances one tango by herself, wearing a man’s suit jacket and hat, so it looked like she’s dancing with a man. It’s beautiful. Later in the show, a man puts on the suit jacket and hat, and dances a tango with her. It’s breath taking.
Chipi, Kiki, and Bombon put on quite a show. They make the audience feel welcomed and loved. They even handed out ham and cheese sandwiches during the fourth song. Such hospitality!
You don’t have to speak a word of Spanish to be able to enjoy Tango, Cabaret, Love! The language of love is universal. The title of the show perfectly describes what you can expect when you walk into the theatre. You will be showered in tango, cabaret, and love.