Ruth Wilkin brings her award-winning cabaret show Just a Little Something I’ve Been Working On Downstairs at the Maj for their Cabaret Soirée season. Wilkin has devised the show with Trevor Jones as co-musical director, who accompanies her on piano. Billed as a “tongue-in-cheek look at cabaret and its performers in the style of Chris Lilley and Tina Fey,” I was hoping for a bitingly funny satire of the cabaret genre, but it was more like a gently irreverent ribbing.
Wilkin appeared costumed in a black strapless maxi dress, which she glammed up with a tacky rhinestone brooch and a pair of putrid golden gloves. This might have passed for a sincere attempt at evening wear, had it not been for the little hanger straps not-so-subtly sticking out from the back of her dress, which were a dead giveaway. She kept tugging at the top of her dress to avoid slippage; this could have very easily turned burlesque had she not been so constantly vigilant about it.