April Performing Arts Portal: SEXY TIME

By. Marc Emmelmann

Natalia: “I’m sorry to bother you, but I couldn’t tell anyone else. I don’t know another woman who gives her body so frequently…Oh! I’m sorry, my English. Have I offended you?”

Sally: “Oh, no, not at all.”
– From Cabaret

When I say “Cabaret,” what comes to mind? Maybe scantily clad sexy time dancers at a dive bar? Perhaps downtown San Diego’s controversial history of brothelization? Maybe women of great seductive charm who lead others into compromising or dangerous situations? Perhaps the 1972 film Cabaret with Liza Minnelli comes to mind (which was a huge success and currently has an astounding 97% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website)? Or maybe the classic Broadway musical Cabaret, which won 8 Tony Awards, comes to mind! Regardless, on stage or on film, Cabaret has a track record of WINNING! And this spring, you can witness Cabaret live on stage in San Diego at Cygnet Theatre.

As a general rule of thumb, the film industry is much more alluring and lucrative than the theatre industry these days.  However, let’s not forget whose shoulders the film industry stands on – and this is why we still go to theatre.  Our modern tech, savvy generation has a choice – to shun live theatre and only feed on TV, film, and the internet or get into it via observation or active participation. Live theatre is an experience you cannot insert into your iPod, iPad, or put on pause. It’s a great reminder of how to live in the now and not get stuck inside houses made of ticky tacky while glued to computers and television. San Diego is truly amazing with its vast spectrum of styles and theatres, and I’m hopeful they will not dwindle away like book and music stores.

Cygnet Theatre in Old Town is presenting the classic Broadway show Cabaret, running March 26th through May 15th. Not every production at Cygnet is geared towards the modern audience, but with last year’s Sweeney Todd production and this year’s Cabaret show, they are building their reputation for presenting art that grips people of all ages. Cygnet has told me that they’re pushing the envelope of provocative with nontraditional casting and it’s one of the most technically advanced productions they have ever done.

Five words to describe Cabaret – dark, daring, provocative, entertaining and stylish. Cabaret depicts the dreadlocked stories and relations of a cabaret singer, an American writer, and the people of Berlin all caught up in the swirling whirlpool of a changing society. In the disreputable Kit Kat Klub, on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power, almost anything – including love – is possible; so NUG Mag readers, “Life is a cabaret ol’ chum, so come to the Cabaret!”

Cygnet’s next show in the pike is the American classic “Our Town,” running June 18th through July 10th. Our Town follows the courtship and marriage of George and Emily, and in following the two, it reveals the hidden mystery behind “the everyday,” which is set in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire – a fictional New England town at the start of the 20th century.

As every production tells a story, I find that I’m often trying to determine what the writers and producers had in mind for me to “get,” but I also try to balance that with just letting the experience happen on a more subjective personal level. The next show I’m writing about is perfect for this kind of juxtaposition, especially if you have BAD GIRL written all over the tablet of your heart.

If you missed “Toughest Girl Alive” at Moxie Theatre last month, you still have time for another sizzling and sexified stage play already underway – “Or,” which is running through April 23rd.  Moxie Theatre is in their 6th season and has a very catchy maxim this year, “In Celebration of Bad Girls!” What does this mean? Simply put, it’s about BAD GIRLS – bad girls in bonnets, bodices or boots, in spelling bees or singing the blues, bad girls with one thing in common – being moxie! The definition of moxie means: “backbone: fortitude and determination.” As for some frame of reference, Moxie Theatre is a professional social profit theatre whose mission is “to expand the idea of what is feminine by using the intimate art of theatre to create more honest and diverse female images for our culture.”

“Or” (by Liz Duffy Adams, Directed by Shana Wride) is a witty and sexy restoration romp where the 1660s start to feel like the 1960s with free love and free thinking abound. Aphra Behn is considered to be the first female playwright, but before she was a playwright, she was a poet and a spy. It’s also true that Nell Gwynne was the hottest actress in town when Aphra was writing, but whether or not Aphra hid Nell in her bedroom just before the two “got it on,” so she could entertain her other lover King Charles II, is more than up for debate. There are lots of quick costume changes, lightning fast exits and entrances in Or, so this fast paced show should be quite tantalizing! Coming soon to Moxie Theatre is Ten Cent Night (By Marisa Wegrzyn Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg), which is running May 27th through June 26th – their final production of season 6! Ten Cent Night is a dark, quirky family comedy from a time when a dime could buy you a phone call home. In a nutshell, Dad has shot himself in the head and failed musician Roby Finley is on her way home to Texas with a suitcase full of stolen cash to save her heartsick sister.

Feel free to save some money by getting ½ price tickets for both these performances through Arts Tix at www.sdArtsTix.com!

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