The year is 1931 and the place is Berlin as the Nazis begin to emerge as a major power. Aspiring American writer Cliff Shepherd arrives in the tension-tinged city on New Year’s Eve and is lured from his boardinghouse room into the night and across the street to a bawdy, tantalizing nightclub.

You’re invited too. Come to the Cabaret – if you dare.

CenterStage’s presentation of this Joe Masteroff classic with music by Kander and Ebb opened Thursday night as the next offering in Artistic Director John R. Leffert’s 10th anniversary season. Edgy and bawdy, provocative and intoxicating, Cabaret promises an evening (or afternoon) of engaging entertainment and adult subject matter.

With Melissa Shepherd as Sally Bowles, Alex Craig as Cliff Bradshaw and many other talented performers, Caberet is not to be missed.

There are performances at Saturday, January 16, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, January 17, at 2 and 7 p.m.; Thursday January 21, and Saturday, January 23, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, January 24 at 2 and 7 p.m.; Monday, January 25, Thursday, January 28, and Saturday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, January 31, at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $16 for Jewish Community Center members, students and seniors, and $20 for non-members, and can be purchased at the JCC front desk or by calling 459-0660. Twenty $10 rush tickets are available for evening performances on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays. Rush tickets can only be purchased in person on the day of the performance from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the JCC front desk. Rush tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to two tickets per person. Once they are gone, no more will be available at the rush price.

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