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Willkommen to ‘Cabaret’ at Cinnabar Theater

 Willkommen to ‘Cabaret’
at Cinnabar Theater

Aug 31, 2018
by Alexa Chipman


Blissfully unaware that their home is being undermined by Nazi ideology of antagonism toward anything “other,” the residents of Berlin revel in playful night life and quiet romances. Political tension builds, turning friends against each other, and culminating in a chilling transition into Nazi controlled Germany.

“Never before in my lifetime has it been so terrifyingly relevant,” director Elly Lichenstein comments, “and yet, it entertains while packing that punch.”

Invited from New York, Michael McGurk’s dream role has been the Emcee. He worked with Lichenstein on “So Nice to Come Home To” in 2012, and was an obvious choice for the complex, intelligent Master of Ceremonies. Through his character, the play moves from a lighthearted evening at the Kit Kat Klub to a haunting warning.

Choreographer Michella Snider has created an unequivocal world where characters “are not afraid to go after what they want.” Music director Mary Chun recorded rehearsal tracks, allowing Snider to “hear certain accents within the music I wouldn’t have known existed otherwise.” Since she was a teenager, Snider has been working with dancers to hone their skills, and recommends that the audience should be “open to let the emotion hit them” rather than trying to decipher the message. “Be prepared to actively watch and take in every moment.”

Memorable songs like“Don’t Tell Mama” and the lyrical “Why Should I Wake Up?” are integral to the success of ‘Cabaret’ and in the hands of Chun’s adept musicians, are likely to shine.

This classic musical reflects our current political climate in a way that is disturbing and timely. Whether you have seen ‘Cabaret’ a dozen times, or have yet to experience the sensual underworld of 1930s Berlin, Cinnabar Theater is the place to be this September.

Cabaret‘Cabaret’ August 31 – September 23

Friday/Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
Cinnabar Theater
333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma

PHOTO by Victoria Von Thal
MUSIC by John Kander
LYRICS by Fred Ebb
BOOK by Joe Masteroff
STAGE DIRECTION by Elly Lichenstein
CHOREOGRAPHY by Michella Snider

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