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Divine decadence comes to the Ring

CabaretThe more things change, the more Cabaret feels trenchant and relevant:  As the world seems to be crumbling around us, we hunger for escape.

Based on Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories and John Van Druten's stage play I Am a Camera, the 1966 Broadway smash owes an immense debt to the vision of its original director, Harold Prince.  It was Prince who assembled the team of book writer Joe Masteroff and composer-lyricists John Kander and Fred Ebb, Prince who took the story artfully from straightforward dramatic scenes to the boundary-pushing entertainment of the show's Kit Kat Klub.

Theater students at the University of Miami (including Jed Alevizos, Grace McCabe and Becca Kotte at right) are betting that a little come-to-the-Cabaret escapism is just what the show doctor ordered in these troubled times.  Their production runs Oct. 1-4 and Oct. 7-11 at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, 1312 Miller Dr. on the UM campus in Coral Gables.  Performances are at 8 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. Oct. 4-5 and Oct. 11.

Tickets are $18-$22 (seniors, faculty, staff and alumni pay $16-$18, students $8-$10).  For info, phone the theater at 305-284-3355 or visit the Ring web site.