CABARET: The Musical
Presented by Doma Theatre Company
While the musical Cabaret must remain true to its original material—the short story Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood—there’s certainly nothing wrong with updating it, as well. Such is the case with the current production at the MET Theatre Mainstage, presented by Doma Theatre Company running now through May 22.
This particular interpretation seems to cleave even tighter to the short story and the original Broadway script than the popular 1972 film or even other staged versions I’ve seen in the past few years. The American Cliff Bradshaw, the character who goes to Berlin to write a novel and seek a small adventure, is played by the young and handsome Rory Alexander with a perfect blend of 1930s social prudishness and plain old fashioned leering. It’s like scratching a lottery card to see what’s really just underneath. There’s no such modesty involved for main character Sally Bowles, who is played with saucy vulnerability by Los Angeles born and raised Caitlin Ary. As a tortured romantic couple they plumb every high and low.
The Kit Kat Klub, the heart and soul of Cabaret, literally takes over the MET. The audience seating (VIP tickets available below) spills onto the floor, merging with dancers, cocktails, and the close interaction of the Kit Kat Kids themselves. You’ve been advised/warned. In other words, sit up front and you won’t regret it.
Nothing would happen without the eight-piece band (another character altogether) led by Musical Director Dolf Ramos, or the period set and costumes designs by Carlo Maghirang and Michael Mullen respectively.
The brilliance of this production is the casting of Renee Cohen—a woman—in the M.C. role that traditionally goes to a man. This small difference throws new meaning on lines delivered, songs sung, glances thrown. She belts it out then reels it back in, surprising you just when you thought you knew Cabaret. You don’t know this Cabaret. Here’s what director Marco Gomez had in mind: “DOMA presents the original version with a twist. Society whether influenced by chaos or trying to remain neutral creates order but one never knows what kind of order.”
Speaking of orders, tomorrow belongs to you. Get your ticket reservations by calling (323) 960-5773 or order online here
MET Theatre Mainstage
1089 N. Oxford Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90029
Street and nearby parking lot, about $5
This location has concessions.
Now through Sunday, May 22
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 3 p.m.
Running time is about two hours with an intermission.
$34.99 for VIP seating
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