Written by: Chrissi
To simply describe Theater Latte Da’s production of Cabaret performed at the Pantages Theatre in a word, it’d be ‘committed.’ When a show begins with a scantily clad Emcee appearing from the second level of the theater only to descend into the lap of one lucky audience member- it’s clear that the show has a definite willingness to ‘go there.’ Cabaret is a perfect example of an important lesson in the world of theatre: have some understanding of what you are getting yourself into or leave all expectations at the door and dive into it. If you have any aversion to slap you in the face sexuality, do not see Cabaret. You will see a lot of exposed skin, thrusting, and you’ll probably be offended and want to leave. All this to say, once you adjust to the level of sexuality and interpret the show within that context, the reward is tremendous (so try to adjust quickly).
Ok, on with the show-
This entire production was a clear example of the idea that working with talented people makes the individuals involved step up their game. There was not a weak link in the entire bunch. Every actor was completely committed to their role, making it easy to transition your mindset as the plot moved from one extreme to the next.
I cannot properly express to you how completely outstanding Tyler Michaels was as the Emcee. He was dynamic, engaging, and an excessively talented singer, actor, and acrobat. (Who knew such a skinny dude was so strong!) Michaels is without a doubt going places fast and I am excited to see where he goes.
Minneapolis favorite Sally Wingert also did not disappoint in her heart-warming and heart-breaking performance of Fraulein Schneider. She offers subtlety and grace to every role she plays. It’s always a joy to see her on the cast list. Another familiar face was Aeysha Kinnunen who played the saucy and desperate Fraulein Kost.
Honestly, I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed this production, but I’m going to cut myself off. Each element was purposeful, meaningful, and exceptionally executed. I highly suggest seeing it while you still can.
Cabaret closes on February 9th, so change your plans to make this fit into your schedule.
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