dogfightUPDATE:¬†Four takeaways from last night’s marathon (19 numbers!) animal-themed cabaret, which put us into the wee morning hours. (Hey, in New York, if you get home from the subway before midnight, you’re a party pooper):

  • The crew stole the show with an inspired rendition of “In the Jungle,” complete with loving references to StageWorks czar Joel Abels’ streak of perfectionism. (I’ll never be late to an interview with him again.)
  • Miguel Gastelum and Sharon Burley have enough (platonic) comic chemistry together to blow up a GB3. Their “Stud and a Babe” duet from “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” was inspired.
  • Sammy Linkowski gets shout-outs from me for BOTH StageWorks cabarets this summer — no small feat. Singing Cole Porter’s “The Tale of the Oyster,” he deserved¬†the county fair’s blue-ribbon swine honors for hamming it up to perfection.
  • I have no idea 1) what Chris Carsten sang; 2) what it meant; 3) or if he was suddenly possessed by demons; but it was crazy impressive.

A few weeks ago I told you about one of StageWorks Fresno’s best traditions: a late-night cabaret held once during each musical run featuring cast members and special guests singing in an intimate setting. This is the closest thing that Fresno has to a Joe’s Pub, and I’m a big fan. At 10:30 p.m. Friday, the company will host its second summer cabaret following the performance of “Dogfight.” Separate admission is $10, and you don’t need to have seen the show beforehand to get in. Just come at 10:30 ready to experience an off-the-cuff and thoroughly musical evening.

I highly recommend “Dogfight,” by the way, which plays just two more weekends. Here’s my review in case you missed it.

Donald Munro

Donald Munro

Donald Munro is The Bee's arts and culture critic. He currently has the opening song to "Galavant" stuck in his head and doesn't know if he can ever get it out.
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3 thoughts on “Critic’s pick: ‘Dogfight’ cabaret

  • August 1, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Chris sang one of my favorites, “Pirate Jenny” from Threepenny Opera. It was an unfamiliar translation, not the one by Marc Blitzstein that I know best.

    • August 3, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Thanks, Patty. I knew I should know it, but I couldn’t quite get my synapses to make the leap.

  • September 4, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Skin Bone won Best New Play at the 2014 Philadelphia Critics Awards and was nominated for the Blackburn Prize. Gabrielle Fulton s Uprising is receiving a rolling premiere, opening at MetroStage on September 17.


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