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‘Cabaret’ sizzles and stuns

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Posted: Saturday, July 16, 2011 12:30 am
By DAN LEA © 2011 Idaho Press-Tribune

BOISE – This is not your mother’s “Cabaret.” For one thing there’s no Liza Minnelli. This is a grittier, more salacious and real-life, riveting version of the book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Druten and inspired by the stories of novelist Christopher Isherwood. It depicts a German society rift with cultural and sexual experimentation on the eve of the    rise to power of the Nazi party.

It takes generous swipes at anti-Semitism, censorship (book burning) and the emerging Third Reich.

But, within the bigger picture lies the tragic struggle of human beings caught in the middle.

“Cabaret” boasts unforgettable Broadway songs that include “Don’t Tell Mamma”, “Money,” “Mein Herr,” “Willkommen,” and the title tune sung emotionally by the show’s co-star British cabaret singer Sally Bowles, played perfectly by the troupe’s Jodi Dominick.

Eduardo Placer thrills in his role as Victor, the Master-of-Ceremonies. Placer narrates the audience through the cloudy eyes of American writer Clifford Bradshaw, played solidly by Neil Brookshire.

“Perception can be a funny thing,” Director Victoria Bussert said of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s interpretation of “Cabaret.”

“We can literally decide what we actually want to see – and what we would prefer to ignore.” Click to read full article.