Theatre review: La Petite Mort: The Orgasm

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"ARE you here for orgasms?" enquired the girl ahead of me in the queue loudly. Well, had I been, I would have been disappointed. But I wasn't disappointed: this tiny show, played in full overhead light against a background of The Pear Tree garden lager-lovers on one side, and stand-ups telling dirty stories in Shaggers in another part of The Counting House on the other, was absolutely charming.

A mixture of songs, from the silly and the saucy through Sondheim to Strauss, is interwoven with fascinating facts about sex and orgasms throughout the ages. This is a truly original, delightful, accomplished show.

Isabel Hertaeg is a talented, charismatic lady with an impressive vocal range, and La Petite Mort… is proper cabaret – suave bloke at the keyboard plus glamorous chanteuse onstage.

Hertaeg shimmies, flirts and croons and holds her audience in a firm but gentle embrace. This is another of the shows that remind you why you love the Fringe so much.

• Until 13 August. Today 12:15am.

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