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Expect the unexpected from the sexy and playful variety acts performed in Vegas Nocturne at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
The dress code is casual elegant. For men, a collared shirt is preferred. Also, no athletic wear, tennis shoes, flip-flops, shorts, T-shirts, hats, baggy jeans or jeans with holes.
Vegas Nocturne at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. is a variety show performed in three cantos, or acts. Guided by several hosts, Vegas Nocturne features comedic, magical, musical and physical acts that combine a balance of choreographed and unscripted dramatics ingrained with live, unconventional music.
At Rose. Rabbit. Lie., show attendees are not confined to the performance room; instead, exploration is encouraged before and after the show. Show attendees should plan on making a night of it. Specialty cocktails are offered, as is a full menu early in the evening. After hours, the menu is pared down, but still includes many tasty bites. If you're dining after midnight, don't be surprised if one of the entertainers stops by your table to perform a trick or crack a joke.
The atmosphere at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. is classic, hip and light-hearted. Dressing your best is encouraged.
Note: Some of the performances include nudity and other explicit and provocative content that might not be suitable for all audiences.
What we love about Vegas Nocturne
Here at Vegas.com, we love Vegas Nocturne at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. We've seen all sorts of shows, had drinks at many, many bars and clubs, and dined at the finest restaurants in Las Vegas. Yet, somehow, we fell under some sort of spell when we first stepped into the octagonal foyer at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. The show-club-restaurant has plenty to offer, especially for those of us bored with the standard Vegas fare.
Sometimes it's fun to be pretentious. It's even more fun to dress up like you're headed to a party at Jay Gatsby's. Vintage headpieces or its inspired ilk are happily encouraged. So are swanky dresses and suits. When you walk up to pick up your tickets from the box office, you're greeted by workers in vintage red bellboy outfits.
Stepping into Rose. Rabbit. Lie, it's easy to be overcome by everything that is happening around you. One of the performers might be beatboxing on the rotating stage. Another belting out a song from atop a grand piano. Twin brothers Sean and John Scott might be tap dancing across a bar, mere inches from revelers below.
Moreover, the three shows at Vegas Nocturne are called "cantos" instead of acts, adding to the exclusive feel you get from such a joint. If you're headed into a show (not required to hang out at the bar or dine at the restaurant), you might spot a chess game happening just outside or a scantily-clad woman on a swing.
Then there's the specialty cocktails. The gin-based Monkey Gland is a personal favorite — its white frothiness making the innocent blush and the naughty chuckle. And feel free to roam. Rose. Rabbit. Lie is laid out much like the board game, Clue, and has several rooms with names such as "Library," "Study" and "Swimming Pool" to explore. The waitstaff, there in part to deliver the unique cocktails, also entertain the audience with witty banter.
Some of the rooms offer dining, while others offer a place to hang out with friends. During one of our visits, comedian and magician Piff the Magic Dragon left us holding his sidekick, Mr. Piffles, noted as the "World's First Magic Performing Chihuahua," while he worked the Study. If you happen upon him, good luck getting the British magic dragon to crack a smile, though. Methinks he spent too much time with Buckingham Palace guards. Or is irreparably damaged by England's thirst for dragon blood.
The hosts and their sidekicks
The hosts and their sidekicks are the cherry on top of the lovely chaos happening throughout Vegas Nocturne. The hosts provide a story line of sorts. Siblings Evgeny "Alfonso" Buzukhov and Beverley Rossina Falzone-Buzukhov (Lorenzo Pisoni and Kasey Wilson) live together in the mansion and oversee the action happening throughout the night. Beverley's friend-servant, Hrit (Laurie Hagan), is something of an opportunist, and when she's not swooning over Alfonso's butler, Ripley (Spencer Novich), she's stealing the spotlight from Beverley.
The variety acts
The 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. cantos each offer an unique experience. The earlier canto is playful and a bit naughty, while the later canto is not only those things, but raunchy, too. The 9:30 p.m. canto also seats fewer people, offering a more exclusive feel to the show-going experience.
The first canto opens with Balance Goddess Loretta Del Ramo (Lara Jacobs) using her incredible strength and balance to build a rather lengthy spine-of-sorts out of what we're told are whale bones (I'm sure Beverley would demand nothing less). Before you start firing off letters to the Buzukhov Family, we're pretty sure the whale bones are faux and are actually palm frond spines. Ms. Del Ramo further endears herself to us with her willingness to show off her curvaceous body that looks more like our own rather than what society (ahem, men) have deemed to be perfect.
Then there's the sexy bathtub guy, as he's known around here in our all-female department. Only in the early canto, Daveed Buzukhov (David O'mer) inspires fantasy as he slips around in his filled-to-the-brim clawfoot tub, wearing nothing but jeans that cling to his skin. Dripping wet, he uses hanging straps for aerial acrobatics and flirts with the audience by shaking drops of water onto them or using his mouth to mimic a water fountain spout. We're wondering where we can get such a fountain for our entryway. (For those hoping to see some female skin, well, this is Vegas so, obviously…)
Although they make a brief appearance in the 7:30 p.m. canto, Lafayette and Leroy Lewis-Mead (John and Sean Scott) spark a fire in an already dynamic 9:30 p.m showing of Vegas Nocturne. They seem to channel the Nicholas Brothers' tap performance in 1943′s "Stormy Weather" film. The great film and Broadway dancer Fred Astaire once noted that performance as being the best dance routine ever. And damn if the Scott brothers don't come close in a routine that at once stops the audience cold and reinvigorates it.
Captain Frodo, a Norwegian tennis coach and double-jointed contortionist who — and we haven't yet confirmed this — was a cast member in the film "The Royal Tenenbaums," his scenes sadly ending up on the cutting room floor. He has a couple of acts in Vegas Nocturne, one involving a couple tennis rackets and another that uses buckets of declining sizes. His performance is cringe-worthy, but also weirdly hilarious.
When the nightclub opens at midnight, club-goers are treated to a 30-minute Vegas Nocturne performance in the showroom that has been transformed into the nightclub. After that, performers take the stage throughout the night. The music is hip and upbeat and spans many genres, with a DJ spinning tracks. But remember, this is Vegas Nocturne. At any time, the music can be interspersed with live music by the multitalented performers.
Vegas Nocturne was created by Spiegelworld, a traveling circus that melds cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque for modern audiences. The show is not confined to a stage, rather it is woven into the guests' experience.
-- By Nicole Lucht
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