Saturday, May 31, 2008

Stratford: Cabaret

This one's a bit of a divider. Amanda Dehnert's revival gets 2.5/4 stars from me:
[O]n the whole, there's just too much busyness going off in all directions. A silent-film motif (with video projection by Sean Nieuwenhuis) often takes away from the production numbers, and there are too many ill-advised attempts to get the audience involved, including a failed gambit to get people dancing in the aisles. I understand Dehnert wants us to feel implicated, but it just makes us feel uncomfortable.
The Star's Richie O goes up a half star to 3, while The Sun's John Coulbourn goes with 4.5/5 despite calling Trish Lindström "an unfortunate choice" for Sally Bowles.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

First!

Jeff said...

Bruce Dow was a total dud as the Emcee! The poor director tried to cover up Dow's total inability to dance by having him 1) stand stage center and merely sing (Willkomen and I Don't Care Much) 2) play with puppets (Two Ladies) 3) have a younger, cuter guy stand in for him (also Two Ladies), and 4) show him in a silent movie (If You Could See Her Through My Eyes). None of these gambits worked.

Anonymous said...

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