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September 27, 1998 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
To playwright-librettist Joe Masteroff, life is more than a cabaret, ol' chum. Yet his best-known book, about the lost souls of the Kit Kat Klub, has served him in a perfectly marvelous, if unanticipated, way. "The original production of 'Cabaret' was a big success, much to our surprise," recalls the writer, who won a Tony for his efforts.
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September 27, 1998 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
To playwright-librettist Joe Masteroff, life is more than a cabaret, ol' chum. Yet his best-known book, about the lost souls of the Kit Kat Klub, has served him in a perfectly marvelous, if unanticipated, way. "The original production of 'Cabaret' was a big success, much to our surprise," recalls the writer, who won a Tony for his efforts.
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April 29, 1999
Theater "Cabaret," Sam Mendes' revival of the 1966 Joe Masteroff-John Kander-Fred Ebb musical with Teri Hatcher as Sally Bowles, closes Saturday at the Wilshire Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Today and Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m. $27 to $72. (213) 365-3500.
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December 12, 1991 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Long Beach Community Players' "Cabaret" had its share of kinks on opening night--too bad they weren't the right kind. Instead of being held by the aura of a decadent society fiddling while Berlin smolders with fascism, too often what got your attention were the little staging miscues that can subvert any production. Actors bumped into scenery, the pacing was all fits and starts and, at one point, a player even made his entrance by knocking on a door after he was invited to come in.
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November 8, 1996 | PHILIP BRANDES
The perfume shop where romance blossoms in "She Loves Me" must be located in one of those alternative realities where the employees are courteous and helpful, the boss is sincere and generous, and happy endings are inevitable. In other words, it bears little resemblance to the world as we know it.
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September 25, 1997 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center may not sound like an ideal stand-in for a smoky cabaret in prewar Berlin, but Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities creates an alluring yet sinister "Cabaret" there all the same. Director Irv Kimber generally uses the selection of Fred Ebb/John Kander songs and Joe Masteroff scenes from the 1987 revival instead of the original or the movie--with one major exception.
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September 20, 1998
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September 30, 1998 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Name that musical: Len Cariou plays a European gentleman in the pre-World War I era. He's in love with a much younger woman, who falls for an even younger man, who . . . well, we won't disclose the ending. Two waltzing, singing couples swirl around the action as a kind of Greek chorus. And the musical is . . . ? Sorry, it's a trick question.
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July 4, 1987 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
It's not enough for a musical to be nice. But if it is also clever, droll, tuneful and easy on the eye--nice doesn't hurt. We are talking about "She Loves Me." This show has been around since 1963, but I had never seen it. Neither, from the freshness of their laughter, had most of Thursday's opening-night crowd at the Ahmanson Theatre. We probably could have gone right back in and seen it again. Imported from the Santa Barbara Theatre Festival, it's a dear show. Not cute. Not arch.
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March 21, 2003 | Daryl H. Miller, Times Staff Writer
He says that she "must be the rudest, most difficult, worst-tempered girl in the world." She calls him "a smug, pompous petty tyrant." Ah, the sweet sound of two people in love. And they are in love. With so many sparks flying, there must be heat underneath -- and if that isn't enough of a clue, there's always the title: "She Loves Me."
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November 28, 1991 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Looked at with the generosity of the holiday spirit, "She Loves Me" seems ideal as a Christmas entertainment for a modern generation. It's a musical about love and hope and goodness . . . and the personal want ads (a real contemporary connection in times when romance is supposedly so hard to find), all cast against a backdrop of Yuletide cheer. Why, then, isn't the Laguna Playhouse's revival more satisfying? The general stiffness of this Mark Stevens-directed production can't take all the blame.
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