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Chubrub Cabaret

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Let’s start with the good stuff: Ray Eskritt, Heather Witherden, Melissa Granovsky and Johsa Manzanilla are fun, funny women graced with larger-than-life personalities and bodies to match their joie de vivre.

In what’s billed as a burlesque show, the four Winnipeggers have a blast celebrating themselves, challenging body-image ideals and conveying the message that “fat” doesn’t deserve to carry any stigma as an adjective.

You’ll like these women and you’ll want to like their 45-minute show, which unfortunately suffers from dead time between segments and unimaginative and under-rehearsed choreography. The comedy sketches and monologues work, but the burlesque aspect of this cabaret is underwhelming.

— Bartley Kives

From the Fringe program:

Cast: Ray Eskritt, Melissa Granovsky, Johsa Manzanilla, Heather Witherden

Winnipeg's largest, and most fabulous, shame-free burlesque and cabaret troupe will grace the stage for your viewing pleasure. ChubRub Productions celebrates underrepresented bodies and skewers traditional beauty standards using their unique and sexy as hell body-loving dance and comedy. We've got singing, dancing, rainbows, cake, tutus, BDSM spike heels, 12-foot bullwhips and a sense of humour so sharp you'll cut yourself. Not for lightweights!

Audience Classification: Mature

Length: 45 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Graphic Content, Nudity, Coarse Language, Sexual Content

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