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March 27, 2014

Vary well: Cabaret Le Ruse mixes it up for April Fool's variety show

Cabaret Le Ruse mixes it up for April Fool's variety show

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Though Noah admitted he is playing one of the Gravitone roles, he would not disclose whether he was real superhero or an imposter.

"If people want to find out which one, they'll have to come and see," he said.

Most of the content in Cabaret's variety show is themed around the idea of a ruse.

In addition to the confused identities of glam rockers and superheroes, the show includes a play about one woman's choice about the truth and predictive power of tarot cards, a skit about interacting with the world's worst customer service agency and its curiously voiced agent, and other skits about evil stoplights, mysterious authors and diamond thieves.

Furthermore, the variety show includes poetry and musical interludes as well as special guests and City Mouse musicians Billy Steiner, Ron Aresenault and Dave Pengra.

All told, the variety show is about 90 minutes long and moves swiftly.

"We had to plan everything pretty carefully to give enough time for costume and set changes," said Abbott, who teamed up with regular Cabaret contributors Esther Hoffmann and John Rezmerski to write much of the material. "We have a lot more than previous shows, but it moves a lot faster."

If You Go What Cabaret Le Ruse's "Fool Me Once" Performances ■ 8 p.m. on Friday at Henderson Roadhaus ■ 8 p.m. on Saturday at Arts Center of St. Peter ■ 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Mankato Event Center ■ 8 p.m. on April 4 at Grand Kabaret Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Advance tickets available at the venues, or by calling 507-420-1881

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