June 12, 2013

Life Is A Cabaret

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By Emily Toy

Next week, East Hampton's Guild Hall will host two evenings of "divine decadence."

Complete with tantalizing dance numbers, boisterous comedy, harmonious melodies and more, "An Eclectic Cabaret" is sure to be a marvelous night out for folks of all ages.

The show, brought to us by Our Fabulous Variety Show, will be hosted by the infamous Reverend Ricky Ray, as well as female impersonator and Montauk resident Danny Ximo, perhaps better known for his stage name: "Raffa."

Raffa, originally from Argentina, has been lighting up stages across the East End for five years, starting out in Sag Harbor and eventually exploding onto the Hamptons scene.

"I'm very excited for this show," Raffa said. "I love the fact that I'm part of this talented group."

Raffa's routine features him lip-syncing and dancing to everything from the classics of "New York, New York," and "Life Is A Cabaret," to contemporary songs from Lady Gaga. His outfits range from Marilyn Monroe's pink dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to Liza Minnelli's cropped flapper ensemble from Cabaret.

"I always get a great response during my show," Raffa said. "The Raffa Show is my baby. It's not vulgar at all, but is actually a family-friendly, entertaining experience."

For "An Eclectic Cabaret," Raffa not only serves as a host, but as a producer and choreographer as well. The show features the OFVS players, dancers from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, comedians Bryson Turner and Camille Giammarino, and Lisa A. Dabrowski as Mae West. A pre-show will feature the swinging jazz of the Max Feldschuh Quintet.

"I've got some new numbers, with some back up dancers!" Raffa enthused. "This show is going to be a mix of everything."

"An Eclectic Cabaret" is on June 20 and June 21 at 8 PM at the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall in East Hampton. The pre-show starts at 7:30 PM. The production will benefit Your Day Away, Inc., a local non-profit organization providing a day of respite and pampering to parents and children with special needs. More information can be found at www.yourdayaway.org.

Tickets are available at http://ofvs.brownpapertickets.com, or at www.ourfabulousvarietyshow.org. They start at $15.

"This show is a great opportunity for people to support art," Raffa opined. "Which is very important."


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