"An always daringly incendiary brand of queer cabaret." –Philly Weekly

An X-Mas
Show with
the Grinch's

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You Really Are A Heel by Mabeline

December 9 - 18
Ruba Club - 416 Green St, Philadelphia 19123

This Christmas season, Mabeline “Grinchester” Diorio presents You Really are a Heel. Emerging from Whoville’s underground cabaret scene, the Grinch’s Ex-Missus is ready to light the tree and spill the tea on the holiday’s most notorious villain. Join the green goddess as she reclaims her showbiz dreams and spreads holiday cheer with her favorite carols and jams from her self-titled EP. You Really are a Heel is presented by House of Diorio and The Bearded Ladies Cabaret. Directed by Brett Ashley Robinson and featuring DJ Cindy Lou.

Patrons will need to show proof of vaccination for admittance.


Advance VIP:
$40 (Includes reserved table seating.)

Advance General Admission and Day of Show:
$10, $20, $30 Pay-What-You-Can

For all performances, Pay-What-You-Can tickets will be available at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Tickets to the 12/9 Preview are all $10 or PWYC at the door.

Added Programming

Join us for a special late night cabaret with Edith Piaf following the December 11th Mabeline. The third annual Edith Piaf holiday cabaret. Your favorite dead chanteuse channeled by Bearded Ladies Artistic Director John Jarboe returns from the other side to serenade you in this late-night cabaret. With special appearances by Cindy Lou Who and Mabeline. Follow the link below to buy tickets to ONLY REGRETS, including an option to buy a linked ticket to the December 11th Mabeline 7pm show!

production information


Mabeline Grinchester aka Cookie Diorio

Cindy Lou Who aka Jess Conda

Artistic Team

Directed by Brett Ashley Robinson

Written by Cookie Diorio

Music and lyrics by Cookie Diorio 

Dramaturg/Outside Eye: John Jarboe