by Paula Citron
Cabaret U-Mano proves that Montreal is a wellspring of creativity. The whimsical adult puppet show is indescribably delicious.
The production is a song and dance revue, and the puppets are all divas who perform elaborate production numbers of pop tunes from mostly the 30s and 40s, surrounded by a live chorus line of winsome beauties. Nothing is concealed. We see the nine puppeteers not only manipulate these singing stars, but also from time to time, provide their legs and arms until what is alive and what is created becomes a dizzying blur.
Each act is very different, although certain divas and divos reappear. There is a melodramatic torch singer, a coy sex pot from the Busby Berkeley Thirties, and a long-haired blues singer, not to mention the wonderful trio of slinky toy Supremes and a pair of operatic birds.
This is simply one of the most imaginative shows in many a moon.
Cabaret U-Mano has been extended until Feb. 25.
From the Diesel Playhouse, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.