Givens at a Bearded Ladies cabaret: great singing, exciting staging, vivid performances, daring costumes and wacky cardboard sets. Topics and styles, however, are less predictable. This Marlene Dietrich/Lotte Lenye/German Expressionism-themed show is light years away from the campy pop stylings of last summer’s Beards Are for Shaving: A 007 Cabaret, and definitely not a holiday show. John Jarboe’s troupe established a cult following with earlier works like Back in the Army, No Regrets: A Piaf Affair and Wide Awake: A Civil War Cabaret; now, fueled by a Knight Foundation grant, the Bearded Ladies are delivering their promised “cabaret revolution.”
Through Dec. 15, $20-$25 (includes all-you-can-drink cocktails), Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St., 215-546-7824, wilmatheater.org.