“I can’t help but feel a desire to go back inside for another dose of the sultry Miss Ruby Besler.”-Tyler Dean of ATOD Magazine
“As Ruby Besler, Barnes is mesmerizing, instantly lovable by her flaws, sincerity and unabashed humor... a multifaceted, jaunty dame.”-Sheana Ochoa of SLAM, News, Reviews & Musings
“Each song is funny, as well as thoughtful...just enough subtext to get the dirty message across. …I found myself smiling from start to finish, the show was funny and entertaining.”-Spencer Cotter of The Detective
“A tribute of sorts to those old “how-to” videos of the 40's, and an outflow from her web series, Anastasia Barnes proves her adage that “funny is the new sexy.”-Bob Leggett of Examiner.com
Ruby Besler, 1940’s sex expert, chanteuse, comedienne, and former Vaudeville star, gives ever so polite but eye popping sex advice to her devoted fans, all the while struggling with the reality of her own lackluster single life.
The eponymous star of RUBY BESLER in NAUGHTY LESSONS [www.TheRubyBeslerShow.com] is the perfection in fashion, face and figure of the archetypal 1940’s dame, as seductive with a witty lyric or line of dialogue as she is with her curves.
Ruby is portrayed by the star and principal writer of this show, Anastasia Barnes, who critics have called “a wonderfully talented vocalist with a captivating stage presence.” Ms. Barnes created the character of Ruby Besler for her popular web series in which Ruby gives advice to women (and occasionally to men) on sex and romance, always followed by an original novelty song with a sound appropriate to the 1940’s period. The advice is funny and very, very frank, as she advises ladies to keep their “panties on and their heels on the ground.”
Ms. Barnes adapts the Ruby character to a live-theatrical setting. Ruby has gone to secretarial school in Manhattan while pursuing the dream of being a Vaudeville star, which she of course achieves. Along the way, she beds and loses a great love before moving on to the next chapter of an adventurous life.
Although there are elements of burlesque there’s no nudity here. However, the show conveys the glamorous, feminine, retro sexuality of the period: Somewhat naughty, but not lurid.
A native of Boston, Anastasia Barnes graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst. She was active in the Boston theatre scene and also worked in independent films there and later in Buenos Aires. Since moving to Los Angeles, she created “The Ruby Besler Show” for the web. In 2013, the show was nominated for best cabaret at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and accepted into the Queer Fringe Festival in London.
The show is directed by Robin Alison Long and is choreographed is Stephanie Heroux, founder of Jazz Inc. Dance Company in Boston.
Executive Produced by The Gregor Brothers in association with Whislin’ Dixie Theatre
Produced by JOEL A. FEINGOLD and ANASTASIA BARNES
Written and Performed by ANASTASIA BARNES
Music by DOW BRAIN, GERE FENNELLY and ANASTASIA BARNES
Additional dialogue by JIM SENTI
Directed by ROBIN ALISON LONG
Choreography by STEPHANIE HEROUX
Starring ANASTASIA BARNES
Featuring DAVID CRAFT as “DIAMOND DAVE” on the piano