I recall this piece
by Dan a few years back, in which he compares the Cabaret/Burlesque popularity to the drag show bubble of the 90's...where the market is saturated with sooooo many shows that the vast majority of them are kind of crap, a few are mediocre, and only a handfull are really worth seeing.
I used to work the door, and before that I was a regular, at the Can Can down in the Market. The in-house troupe, the Castaways, put on by far and away some of the best Cabaret/Burlesque shows I've seen. They bring a lot of creativity, talent, and new ideas to an old and formulaic genre. This piece
by Brendan Kiley does a good job of explaining why they are so good.
In stark contrast some of the guest troupes during weeknights kind of fell flat, and boobies alone are not enough to drive a good show (as we used to say at the door, "If you're just looking for boobs, go across the street to Deja Vu.") and there are only so many ways you can take off your clothes to music before it becomes dull.