The Return of Cabaret

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It's been on the rise for a few years, but 2010 marks a tipping point: Cabaret and variety shows are everywhere right now. Involving elements of jazz, stand-up, dance, acrobatics, and risqué, circus-like theatrics, the shows can be found at major international festivals (including the New York Fringe Festival, underway this week) and in smaller settings like the “Spiegeltent” at the Bard Music Festival.

We hear what’s behind the revival from Adam Feldman, a theater critic for Time Out New York and president of the New York Drama Critics' Circle; and Elena Holy, the producing artistic director of the New York International Fringe Festival.