School of Communication


Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood 
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed by Nick Bowling

February 14-March 2, 2014
7:30 p.m. Thurs.
8 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
2 p.m. Sun.

SoC - Cabaret

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The political unrest of 1931 Berlin is where young American writer Cliff Bradshaw seeks inspiration for his next great novel.  Instead, he finds himself enmeshed in the decadent and dangerous Kit Kat Klub, a stained world filled with velvet sofas, tattered lamps and the beguiling cabaret singer Sally Bowles.  Desire and dreams may only drift undisturbed for so long in this darkly political Tony Award-winning musical directed by Jeff Award-winning TimeLine Theatre Associate Artistic Director Nick Bowling, as Cliff must ultimately decide if his life is to be nothing more than a cabaret.

Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston (directions)

Theater seating [pdf]

Feb 14: Behind the Scenes: with director Nick Bowling and the cast. 

Feb 16: European Cabaret and Popular Entertainment in the Interwar Years: with Susan Manning, Professor of English and the cast. Moderated by production dramaturg Megan Geigner.

Feb 20: Minority Expression in the Late Weimar Republic: Guest Speaker TBA. Moderated by production dramaturg Megan Geigner.


Lights, Camera, Action...and Willkommen!
Go behind the scenes of the 2014 Waa-Mu Show at the Cabaret.

Join us for a Double Feature Sneak-Peek event; an exclusive preview of the 83rd annual Waa-Mu Show – Double Feature at Hollywood and Vine! Be the first to hear samples of the all new songs from the new musical with performances from the cast! Then mingle with the Co-Chairs and creative team with coffee and sweets provided and learn the details of the exciting new Waa Mu Show  Sweepstakes!

The event will take place in the lobby of the Ethel M. Barber Theater following the performance of Cabaret on March 2. Reservations are not required. For more information on The Waa-Mu Show visit:

Special: During the run of the show TIC is hosting a Winter Food Drive to help Evanston families in need.  Proceeds will go to benefit Hillside Food Pantry.  Just drop off your donation in the Barber Theater Lobby when you attend the performance.  See the list of suggested donations.

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    Opening Night: Post-Show Discussion

    Performance Date

    Post-Show Discussion

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$30 general public;
$27 seniors (over 62), NU faculty/staff, educators;
$10 full-time students;
$5 NU students (advance purchase only, $10 at the door)

Subscriptions and flex-passes

For information on discounts for groups of 8 or more, contact the TIC Box Office at 847-491-7282.

Construction alert:  Construction underway has closed Arts Circle Drive to traffic. Free parking for evening and weekend events remains available, but the project will impact handicap parking and patrons requiring special access to our theaters. Learn more