Bridget Flaherty ’21
Life is most definitely a Cabaret in Fenwick Theatre. The Department of Theatre’s current production of Cabaret is not to be missed. Despite taking place in 1930’s Germany, it is chillingly relevant in today’s political climate. Through costume, choreography, and strong female characters, this production gleefully makes bold statements about society and the human condition. However, the most important statement it makes may be that it is Daniel Desmond’s world and we’re just living in it.
As the Emcee, Desmond commands the stage from the moment he enters at the beginning of the show until the very last moment. Thankfully, he is on the stage most of the time. He acts as the audience’s guardian angel throughout the production, constantly making his presence known on stage and teasing the audience with his charm. Doling out both the most thrilling moments of fun and the most shocking, candid, terrifying truths, Desmond’s Emcee embodies the essence of Cabaret.
The entire cast oozes with talent. With the voices of the most talented angels and the sweetness of Herr Schultz’s finest pineapple, Liza Goodman and Dan Millard are the heart and soul of this production. Per usual, Cat Zachary stuns. She effortlessly balances all aspects of the complicated Sally Bowles. Her flirtiness, confidence, and charm are just as developed and deeply explored as her anxiety, neediness, and desperation. She makes your heart soar and then shatters it to pieces within a matter of seconds. Zachary reveals the true nature of Sally to the audience, despite attempting to conceal it to others with flirty musical numbers and party tricks.
Do yourself a favor and see Cabaret as soon as possible. It’s endlessly fun and brilliantly executed. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll register to vote, and you’ll buy a corset.
The book is written by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood. Music is by John Kander and lyrics are by Fred Ebb. Directed by Meaghan Deiter, the play ran through January 30-31 and February 1 & 2, and resumed February 6-9.
Photo by Kim Fetherston ’22.