IN "BEARDS Are for Shaving: A 007 Cabaret," the Bearded Ladies Cabaret combines comedy, classic James Bond plots, commonwealthclassictheatre.org and the secret-agent films' famous ladies. But this is about more than shaken, not stirred martinis. The experimental cabaret group uses Bond's army of beauties as a fertile foundation to explore gender roles with the guidance of Judith Butler's theories on gender. Butler's ideas concerning power, gender, sexuality and identity have significantly contributed to feminist theory and sexual studies.
"We watched all the Bond films in preparation for this show and uncovered the basic plot formulas," said Heath Allen, Bearded Ladies' music director and pianist. And then the group spun them: "I don't want to give away the plot, but let's just say that Pussy Galore will not be taking a roll in the hay with 007." This is the group's third original show in a series of three late-night cabarets at the Wilma Theater. Previous shows included "No Regrets: A Piaf Affair" and "Wide Awake: A Civil War." With a free martini in hand and endless laughs, this new show should be another fan favorite.