Review: Cabaret, Uni Drama Studio

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CSUPAS have produced a terrific rendition of Joe Masteroff’s original 1966 Broadway production.

Alex Cosgriff plays shy novelist, Clifford Bradshaw. He arrives in 1930s Berlin and soon finds himself falling in love with Sally Bowles, an English singer at the Kit Kat Klub.

We get a pleasant surprise when the reticent Clifford duets with Sally later in Perfectly Marvellous and reveals a great singing voice.

The seedy club is full of beautiful, scantily clad dancing girls. They perform some immaculately choreographed numbers, backed by a superb 19-piece orchestra. Sally’s entrance with Don’t Tell Mama is particularly effective. Tori Klays is convincing as headlining Sally.

Master of Ceremonies is wonderfully played by a flamboyant and effervescent Sergio Filipe. He relishes flirting with men and women alike in the audience as well as in the Klub.

His promiscuous antics are witnessed as shadows behind a sheet during Two Ladies. Behind his gothic make-up however lie the tears of a clown.

The hedonism of the Klub is the antithesis of the growing spectre of Nazism.

Kander & Ebb’s wonderful, upbeat songs are a distraction from the horror of the anti-Semitic and homophobic regime we glimpse at the finale.

Although playing second fiddle to Clifford and Sally, Jewish man Herr Schultz and Fraulein Schneider played by Richard Agar and Mary Woolley are a sweet, middle-aged couple who find love late in life. Tragically Schultz is betrayed by Nazi sympathiser Fraulein Kost, Bryony Parker who informs Nazi Ernst Ludwig, Jonathan Cooke.