Flirt With The Senses
Sometimes flirting is subtle, a look across the room and tilting your head just so. However, flirting can also be blatantly obvious and inescapable. It is the latter that I would use to describe “L’EFFLEUR DES SENS, a French Cabaret” now appearing in a limited engagement on Thursday evenings at King King in Hollywood. The production is self-described by saying that it “caresses the senses, arouses the imagination and reinvents the stage as foreplay to whatever happens behind closed doors.” Indeed.
Walking into King King felt like walking into a hideaway cabaret, little tables dispersed around a stage with exposed brick on both side walls and a long bar along the side. Few were seated but many more were standing and mingling. The crowd was very mixed in age, ethnicity, and demeanor but all very beautiful and well dressed. Getting a drink at the bar, the conversation on one side referenced Iran and Bush-deflection tactics and the couple on the other side were talking about having been to the new Citizen Smith the weekend before. This was a crowd tapped into the “scene” so to speak.
The show opened with the one male performer coming out and addressing the crowd, partially in French (some people seemed to get a joke he made in French or maybe it was nervous laughter), and wearing, well, barely anything at all. The same goes for the seven female dancers that emerged. Gorgeous women, all professional dancers with bios that read like a who's who of music videos (Prince, Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas), commercials (Budweiser, Nike Old Navy), movies, TV shows, world tours. There was not a weakest link in the bunch.
The show lasted about an hour and musical highlights included "This is a Man's World" by James Brown, "Caresse" by Isaac Hayes and "Proud Mary" by Tina Turner. The women managed to be hot and sensual and absolutely appealing to both sexes without being compromising or coming off like a glorified strip-tease which some other burlesque shows around town can often feel like.
The scene, the crowd and the performance are not for the prudish or insecure. But if you love yourself and have a hot date or a fun group of friends, why not take them to L'Effleur Des Sens? And take a few pointers to use later on in your own bag of tricks.
Where: King King, 6555 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028
When: Thursdays starting again on May 11th. Doors at 9pm show starts at 10pm.
Admission: $10 advance tickets at www.smarttix.com and $15 at the door.