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Theater Review: "Cabaret"

Randy Harrison as the Master of Ceremonies in "Cabaret," stopping in San Diego on its national Broadway tour.

"Leave your troubles outside,” says the Emcee (Randy Harrison). “We have no troubles here.”

If only.

It’s 1929 in Berlin, a chaotic, decadent time when alcohol, drugs and sex may not have been free but were certainly easy to come by.

In the seedy Kit Kat Klub, you could watch girls dance or perhaps (for a price) get more familiar with them. 

Life is a 'Cabaret' for actress Margaret Dudasik

Margaret Dudasik plays "Texas" in Sam Mendes' "Cabaret" at the Civic Theatre through Aug. 28.

Margaret Dudasik may be the hardest working woman touring on stage at the moment. Well, her and the other members of Sam Mendes’ “Cabaret” which is currently in San Diego until August 28.

Dudasik plays “Texas” one of the girls who performs alongside Sally Bowles at the Kit Kat Club and her duties require more than just being a chorus girl.

THEATER REVIEW: Cygnet stages a stellar “Cabaret”

There is so much to like about this production: David Brannen’s fabulous choreography, Shirley Pierson’s costumes, gradually losing color from wildly fanciful to black and white; Sean Fanning’s seedy set and Chris Rynne’s garish lighting, which also fades with time. And everybody sings, dances and acts very well indeed.