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Randy Harrison as the Emcee

Randy Harrison as the Emcee

Joan Marcus

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 21 2016
Price: $32-$105
"Outside it is windy," says the Emcee at the Kit Kat Club, a racy nightspot in Weimar-era Berlin, "but inside it is so hot, every night we have a battle to keep the girls from taking off all their clothing. So don't go away, who knows? Tonight we may lose the battle!" Nobody actually takes it all off in the 2014 Roundabout Theatre revival of Kander and Ebb's famous musical, offered here in a touring production. But the teasing playfulness suggested by the emcee's come-on is certainly stripped away. Sexual preferences are more nakedly presented than they were in the show's previous iterations. Would-be chanteuse Sally Bowles is more starkly desperate. Decadence is more tawdry. And the consequences of being on the wrong side of Nazism are made far more explicit. Everything's telegraphed. Everything's heavy-handed. And the effect is powerful. —Tony Adler



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