Described by artistic director Louis Tyrrell as “the Daily Show of its time,” cabaret shows in Weimer-era Berlin roasted Adolf Hitler, excoriated anti-Semitism, and injected a progressive ideology into the issues of the day. This is more than apparent in Cabaret Verboten, Tyrrell’s latest production at Delray Beach’s Arts Garage.
In the company’s first production fully cast with local talent, an exceptional quartet of performers tears through 27 songs and sketches by more than 20 German composers in just about an hour and a half. Sexual decadence is rampant, bordering on the burlesque (“No cock ever crowed loud enough for me,” croons actress Alexa Green as she slinks into the audience), and it’s all delivered with biting satire. Cycling from politics and economics through social and legal issues, the show proves that intolerance, inequality, and backwardness transcend borders, language, and time. The playwright’s added references to Obama’s birth certificate, Mitt Romney’s dog, the Stand Your Ground law and other recent headlines reinforce the commentary.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday through July 29 . The Arts Garage is located at 180 NE First St. in Delray Beach. Tickets cost $30 to $35. Call 561-450-6357, or visit artsgarage.org.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 2, 7 & 7:30 p.m. Starts: July 6. Continues through July 29, 2012