I have long felt that the play needed to be retired for a while, because the transactions were becoming so sexually innocuous that I saw a performance that was loaded to the gills With children under the age of 12. Not so this offering at UVM. It is an appropriately adult story, as is the surround tale of the rise of the Nazis in Germany in the 1930s.
Actually, the book for the show is beautifully crafted, and it is all this finely crafted work that was echoed by the superb cast.
Matthew Trollinger was pluperfect as the Emcee-superficial, dangerous, a truly sexual animal, and though he had a little bit of difficulty with his German pronunciation, it was a minor flaw. Taryn Noelle was an excellent Sally Bowles, who wore their clothes smashingly and whose singing was quite well balanced with her acting.
Samuel Durant Hunter was Clifford Bradshaw, who comes to Berlin to experience sexual freedom and sacred deal more than he bargained for. Katie Owens and Craig Wells, Fraulein Schneider and Herr Schultz, were superb in their parts. The rest of the cast, too numerous to mention, also did a marvelous job, and not only with their singing and acting; they had to change sets as well.
Seven musicians under the direction of Tom Cleary provided the accompaniments for the singers very well. I'm always delighted when the orchestra can be behind the singers and the singers do not need hand cues from the conductor.
This wonderful production is possibly not going to be available to you at all, since the production is for all intents and purposes sold out for the rest of the run. If you don't mind to get a group of singles, you can give them a call at 802-656-2094. The only disappointment you will suffer if you don't get to see this marvelous production.
Burlington resident Dan Wolfe observes and critiques the local arts scene for the Times Sentinel. His column appears weekly.