Don't go looking for Liza Minelli, now, but the stage version of Cabaret is chock full of the sex and songs that made the decadent cabaret scene of 1930s Berlin a fun place to be. The musical, written by Kander and Ebb (the duo that came up with the smutty, jazz-tinged fun that is Chicago) tells the story of the performers and patrons of the Kit Kat Club, a seedy nightclub, focused on the romance of American cabaret singer Sally Bowles with fellow expat Cliff Bradshaw, one of those frustrated writer types. The two fight and fall in love while the artsy Berlin scene they know crumbles around them as the Nazi party takes hold, swallowing up their world. The musical is full of great songs ("Maybe This Time," "Money" and "Cabaret" are favorites around here), and while you may not always like Sally Bowles, she's one of those vividly written characters you can't help but enjoy. Put on by the Dallas Theater Center, the production is playing at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2400 Flora St. Showtimes are 7:30 Tuesdays through Thursdays, 8 Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Call 214-880-0202 or go to dallastheatercenter.org.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: April 22. Continues through May 22, 2011