Cabaret Was Romantic Before Being Romantic Was Cool

Happy Valentine’s Day from Cabaret Theatre!!!

Cabaret - Challenging the Definition of Love Since 1975

While we’re busy putting together How I Learned To Drive by Paula Vogel (T-Minus 3 days!), hopefully you were able to do one of the following:

1) Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your romantic partner (and/or cats)

2) Celebrate An Ordinary Tuesday (perhaps with your cats)

3) Eat chocolate (also, perhaps with your cats…)

4) Eat Chocolate Cats

I’ve spent the last few hours scouring the archives for happy, fuzzy, cockle-warming pictures and videos from past Cabaret productions.

Apparently, Cabaret Theatre, in all of its indie, on-the-edge, experimental glory, likes to do plays where all of our hopeful (naive?) ideas about love, marriage, and family life are viciously and violently upended, exposing the harsh and absurd realities of our meager, barren existence on this planet.

Of course, then you find something like this:

From Eurydice, directed by Annie Lutz. In this photo: former Producer Sarah Esmi and Artistic Director JP McCloskey. Fall 2009.

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“I like the ephemeral thing about theatre, every performance is like a ghost – it’s there and then it’s gone.” – The Great Maggie Smith

Theatre just happens. It’s organic. There’s something visceral in drama that isn’t really capable when there’s a screen or piece of paper or headphones separating the story and the reader. Dame Maggie Smith is absolutely right; between curtains, there’s a deep emotional connection–whether the show’s good or not–between the audience and the performer and the story of the piece.

Moments of love, of hate, of violence, rage, comedy, absurdity, farce, revelation, and passion are fleeting. Period. That applies to theatre and “real” life. And those shock quotes are there to subtly suggest that the distinction between theatre and life–and art and life in general–is not as clear cut as most people think.

So yes, today is Valentine’s day, and we hope that you enjoyed it whether as the Holiday of Love or as Just an Ordinary Tuesday.

But we’d like to suggest that you take the time to realize just how fleeting life really is. Why can’t we try to make every day a Day of Love?

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Below: “But I Do” from Cabaret’s production of I Love You Because by cutting-edge composers Salzman & Cunningham. Featuring Marc Mills, Will Carey, Ellie Kahn, and Anne Csipkay. The production was directed by Erik Ludwig. Winter 2010.