Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Cabaret (Stratford Shakespeare Festival) - 8/19/08

I've seen numerous productions of "Cabaret" (8/19/08) now. This one (at the Avon Theatre) manages, I think, to give a more accurate visual depiction of of the crumbling Berlin setting; other productions I have seen (including Sam Mendes' 1990's incarnation) have tended to shoot for a more stylistic depiction. I found Amanda Dehnerts' staging to be exciting: it's paced at an inventive furious pace, effectively incorporating distancing Brechtian methods. The trio of lead performances were first-rate (Bruce Dow as the Emcee, Trish Lindstrom as Sally, and Sean Arbuckle as Cliff); these actors fully inhabited their dead-end characters, and the result is heartbreaking and exhilarating.

Rating: *** (out of *****)

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