Cabaret & Rent
So, I normally don't get on here and review shows, but this weekend was a great one for Indianapolis theatre. First, a disclosure: My wife, Amy, is a Kit Kat Girl in Cabaret.
Bobdirex presented Cabaret which opened July 6 at the A. Overall, it was a great show. The set was minimal but very effective. For me, the two standout performances were from Jason Johnson as The Emcee. He had a great energy, and carried off the role as well as any Emcee I've seen. The second was Claire Wilcher as Sally. Her voice is booming, but she plays the role with a vulnerability that really makes you feel for Sally especially in her final scene.
The other cast members were great, and the ensemble dances and sings with more than aplomb, making for a great production. My only critique is that it was a bit warm in the theatre. But it's hot everywhere so not really the production's fault. But bring light clothing. And buy a drink. I cooled off with an Amstel Light. And the other critique is that there were some microphone issues throughout. Not enough to ruin the show or anything, but enough to take you out of the moment, if temporarily.
The other show I saw this weekend was Rent. I had the fortune of seeing the o.b.c. on Broadway, and in Chicago, and London, and one touring production. This show was as good (and actually better than the London) as the others! I hate to say things like this, but for a Young Adult production, it was great. But, then again, aren't most of the characters in Rent in that age range?
The set was really cool, and occupied the entire stage in all directions. It was used effectively by Kathleen (who I've worked with on multiple productions and think is like the nicest director) and the lights set the mood in every scene.
I hesitate to point out individuals in a young adult production. If you're in Rent, just know you were all great, but Logan Moore (Roger) and Jordan Donica (Collins) were astounding. Donica's reprise of I'll Cover You was goosebump inducing. I wish I was that talented at that age. Or now for that matter.
Go see these two productions, as I'm sure tickets will be hard to get the next few weekends!
Thanks for the kind words Kris!
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