Chicago Audiences Are Getting A Paris Play Underground Style
Valentine’s Day is coming at us faster than a speeding bullet, and it’s time to get in the mood. You know the mood. The one that wraps everything in red and white. The red is for heart and the white covers the bad stuff people do all year. People living and visiting Chicago are going to get more than snowy and icy streets on Valentine’s Day. They are going to be able to celebrate this loving holiday with Uptown Underground’s one night showing of the life of Gaby Deslys in the French super hit “I’m a Good Little Devil.” The Kiss Kiss Cabaret is the perfect venue to show what Gaby was able to achieve as an emancipated woman from Marseille. Deslys was the early 20th century Music Hall performer who spent her early days at La Cigalle, the Moulin Rouge, and appearances in New York, and London.
Producer, director, and French film star Jean-Christophe Born does a superb job taking the audience back to 1910 era. That journey shows how the people in Marseille, Paris and other cities in France fell in love with Gaby and her outstanding performances. When she opened on Broadway, she found a young dance partner, Harry Pilcer. The pair went on to become one of the top dance team’s in the world.
The play goes through several stages in Gaby’s life. 1910 was the year she was in a relationship with Manuel de Bragance, the King of Portugal. But Pilcer was the man she could relate to on several levels. According to Jean-Christophe Born, Gaby ushered in the modern 20th-century woman. The play also brings the fashions and glamor of the early 1900s in full view. The first decade of the 20th century is full of a counter-culture flavor that is hard to resist.