Nighthawks, listen up! Due to tonight’s sold-out show (and an almost sold-out show tomorrow night), another time slot has been added to the New Orleans Bingo Show’s run of performances at The Magnetic Field. On Saturday, the six-piece Cabaret troupe will perform a 10:30 p.m. show immediately following their regularly scheduled 8 p.m. set. Tickets are $10.
While the New Orleans Bingo Show has played on hundreds of stages around the country since 2007, the intimate setting of The Magnetic Field Theater is a preferred venue to experience their raucous company. Delivering the sights and sounds of New Orleans’s French Quarter, the troupe performs in the vaudevillian traditions of travelling minstrel shows, circuses, and burlesque theater, inspiring celebration with their clamorous music, comedic side acts, and titillating dance numbers.
The wonderful details that contribute to the overall artistry of such a performance — the pinstripes, the feathers, the face paint, the bingo balls, and the fingerless gloves — are all the more enjoyable at the close range afforded by the venue. It’s impossible to overlook the bewitching dimples of the lovely Trixie Minx, or the oversized ring on band leader Clint Maedgen’s hand as he shakes a fist at a Theremin, (Moog!) and belts out a tune on his sax.
And yes – you WILL play bingo like you’ve never played bingo before!
As all thespians can attest, a good audience can make a performance, and lacklustre spectators will break a performance. The NOBS seems to be no stranger to the latter, as they were able to rile a relatively sedentary crowd on last night’s opening performance.
Maybe it was the sugary drinks imbibed during intermission, or the sticky summer night air, but no one was able to stay seated during the second act. Even the most reserved ended up throwing their arms in the air and swaying along with the more rowdy members of the bunch. The whole experience was like a modern-day revival show, and by the end this writer looked all shiny but felt brand new.