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Hasenpfeffer: White Rabbit Cabaret’s Homemade Stew

Hasenpfeffer as defined by Merriam-Webster
Function: noun
Etymology: German
Date: 1892
:a highly seasoned stew made of marinated rabbit meat

Hasenpfeffer as defined by White Rabbit Cabaret
Function: to entertain
Etymology: Fountain Square
Date: 2010
:a highly sexy stew made of beautiful bunnies, belly dancers and Bozo the Clown

White Rabbit Cabaret‘s in-house dance troupe is like nothing Indianapolis has ever seen before. The clowns will make you laugh, the girls will make you swoon and the belly dancer with make your heart skip a beat. When you add them all together, they will give you a night of entertainment you might never forget.

On its own, the White Rabbit is one of the best Indianapolis bars in all of Circle City. But a few times a month, when Hasenpfeffer takes over the cabaret’s stage, WRC becomes the place to be.

The show starts at 10 p.m. with the Muncie Brothers setting the ground rules for the evening. Who, pray tell, are the Muncie Brothers you ask? Just your ordinary tandem of a mime and a crazed clown that would ruin any kid’s birthday party. Their give and take with the crowd lets everyone know that audience participation is expected.

While these two are good, it’s not until the ladies of Hasenpfeffer take the stage that the temperature rises and pupils start to dilate. Alabaster Betty is your pin-up, Scarlett Charlotte Rua Lune is your fiery vixen, Lilly Lou is your good girl gone bad and Poppy Stacatto is your gangster goddess.

The troupe spends the evening intertwining group dance pieces that highlight all of their assets, and solo performances that leave you begging for more.

Scarlett Charlotte Rua Lune gets the individual acts going with a demented yet delicious number where she shakes what her mama gave her…in a straitjacket. If that isn’t enough to peak your interest, than perhaps a human ventriloquism number with Dorgan Muncie–the talking member of the Munice Brothers–and Alabaster Betty, who’d make any man feel privileged if she sat on their knee.

Poppy Stacatto brings down the lights–and the house–during her solo as she shakes her red-feather plumage like a peacock in heat. When little Lilly Lou takes the stage, it takes everything you’ve got not to stare.

But the ultimate show stopper comes when Alabaster Betty closes the show with her quasi-highflying trapeze act. You read that right…she busts out a trapeze in the middle of a bar. That my friends, is a performance.

How does the White Rabbit Cabaret top off their Hasenpfeffer? With a little South American spice obviously. Twice a show, Aaminah the resident belly dancer, shows the crowd what it means to gyrate. Aaminah isn’t some chick who took eight weeks worth of Zumba at the local YMCA and thinks this would be a neat hobby. She is straight from Brazil, and she is the real deal.

The soundtrack for the show is all original music created by none other than the emcee’s for the evening, Dorgan & Milroy Muncie. As the show progresses, you get the feeling what the Muncie’s lack in the looks department, the good lord made up for it with talent–these boys are good.

The best part of the Hasenpfeffer experience at White Rabbit Cabaret in Fountain Square is that when the show ends, the party is just getting started. The WRC’s dance troupe is the cherry on top of what is becoming the hottest new Indianapolis attraction. Take the same precautions you would if you were going on a roller coaster, because this experience is one hell of a ride.

Hasenpfeffer’s next show is this Friday night, April 23, at 10 p.m. So if you were looking for something new to do in Indianapolis, look no further. The White Rabbit Cabaret’s Hasenpfeffer is so good, you’ll be coming back for seconds.

To learn more about the members of Hasenpfeffer, or to get a complete list of upcoming events, visit the White Rabbit Cabaret’s Web site here.

*Some photos courtesy of Andrew McGaha