Kander and Ebb's musical Cabaret is popular with young people because it's about them. Based on Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories, the raucous show depicts the goings-on at the Kit Kat Club, a debauched cabaret in barely pre-WWII Berlin, where nineteen-year-old star Sally Bowles dallies romantically with Cliff Bradshaw, a terminally broke American writer, among several other lovers. A tale of sex and passion in hard times starring poor people with little hope other than love, is a perfect match for the college crowd. Especially now, what with the bleak economic market graduates face. The Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts presents a story they're living with — hell, we're all living with — at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (April 29 through May 3) at the Browning Theater in the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; 314-968-7128). Tickets are a very affordable $6 to $12, so go and lose yourself for a little while in a place where anything can happen, at least for a little while.
April 29-May 3, 2009