The Rough Stuff

After Jessica Gabrielle and Chanel Karimkhani met and performed together while attending the Parlando School for the Arts in Boulder, the two went their separate ways — Karimkhani on to theater projects in Denver and Gabrielle to Paris, where she worked in the expat theatrical scene.

“Jessica and I were talking one day when she was in Paris,” Karimkhani explains, “and she said what they were doing out there was just a wealth of cabaret works. And we thought, ‘We have to do a cabaret and bring this art form to Colorado.’”

“There’s no fourth wall in cabaret,” adds Gabrielle. “It’s kind of a mash-up of musical theater, a play and giving a concert, where you’re talking to the audience but you’re still telling a story using props and maybe costume changes. It’s a mix of worlds.”

“At one of our meetings,” Karimkhani continues, “the question came up — ‘How’s the boy situation going?’ And the theme of our cabaret grew from that: relationships and finding love in the modern age.”

The world premiere of There’s Nothing Rougher Than Love opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe Street; tickets, $15, are available at Nothing Rougher will play a couple more Colorado gigs this month, after which the ladies will take their act to Paris for its European preview. Learn more at
Mon., Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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