Monday, April 2, 2018

A Little Cabaret Noir for the Lady or Gent?

🔊 "Doesn’t it bother you at all that you’re married?"..."What I want to know is, does it bother you?" 🔊 "With my brains and your looks, we could go places." 🔊 "Keep on riding me and they’re going to be picking iron out of your liver."


No, this is not an "Overheard while standing in line at Safeway" post, but is instead an equally entertaining and intrinsically more scintillating Route One Review of Happenstance Theater's Cabaret Noir, performing now through April 15th at Mt. Rainier's Joe's Movement Emporium!


The intro quotes? They're taken from some of the most unforgettable film noir films, like Gilda (starring Rita Hayworth), The Postman Always Rings Twice (starring John Garfield) and The Maltese Falcon (starring Humphrey Bogart and Wilmer Cook)! See?!? You know more film noir than you thought!

📷 courtesy of Happenstance Theater 
In Cabaret Noir, a "series of dark, comic vignettes reveals Femmes Fatales and fedoras, trench coats and torch songs, intrigue, suspense and shadows." I loved the no-nonsense, rapid fire dialogue, the costumes, the dramatics and the slow motion scenes.  Man, did I love those slow motion scenes! The amount of talent and skill it must take to make these scenes look as effortless and flawless as they were left me absolutely gobsmacked. Which is not an easy feat. 😉 Bravo, Happenstance!

📷 by Margaret Hart Photography.
But don't just take my word for it. The Happenstance ensemble has been praised by press all around, like when The Washington City Paper noted "Happenstance Theatre's ensemble comedy is gut-busting kind of funny." Or that time when the Washington Post described their work as "visually striking and whimsical without being precious." Or that time when they were voted the Best Comedy of the Capital Fringe [Festival]!
📷 courtesy of Happenstance Theater 
Happenstance Theater performs at Bethesda's Round House Theatre, the Baltimore Theatre Project, Capital Fringe Festival and now they're bringing their goods to Joe's Movement Emporium! Read: You don't need to travel into DC or over to Bethesda for a good night at the theatre; Happenstance Theater is playing right in our own backyard, Route One!

📷 courtesy of Happenstance Theatre
Cabaret Noir is playing March 31st - April 15th, 2018 at Joe's Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. Purchase tickets here.

**Discount Alert! Check out these specials for Route One Fun readers! 

  • $5 Tickets! Monday, April 9th @ 8pm, catch Cabaret Noir for $5 using code "Route1Noir"
  • $5 off tickets! $5 off ticket price using code: "Route1Noir5Off"
  • There are super discounted tickets ($11.50) on Goldstar for both Thursday night showings. 

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to view and review this show. 

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