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Psycho Cabaret
Chief Ike’s Mambo Room/Chaos Theater

Remaining performances:
Saturday, July 12 @ 7:30 PM; Thursday, July 17 @ 6:00 PM;
Wednesday, July 23 @ 7:45 PM; Thursday, July 24 @ 6:00 PM; Friday, July 25 @ 5:30 PM

They say: “It’s a crazy world. And we’re all part of it. Join the insanity as DC Cabaret Network singers explore the lunacy of our fastpaced modern world – and find out who’s really psycho! Songs by contemporary cabaret songwriters. Strong and committed performances. Humorous, poignant, bold, brutal and wacky.”

Tabitha’s take: Don’t be scared. No shower, no knives. Just eight people singing about things that make everyone crazy, like drinking too much coffee, never meeting the right guy, the art of stalking (whether you’re dead or alive), cutting your heart out with a grapefruit spoon – the usual. Almost all of the eighteen songs are about the psycho influences of love. It’s hard to resist a Mel Brooks tune that calls for the singer to belt out the word “tits” at least a dozen times. Follow that with a number about “let’s be friends,” and let the love-bashing begin.

The pace is varied, with some surprisingly poignant moments, but when they’re funny, they are indeed funny. After the women undress the dream guy, you may never trust men with green eyes and perfect hair again. True, there are a couple “is it rude to look at my watch?” moments, but the show is often witty and it manages to say some interesting things about a familiar topic. Plus, it ends with downright giddy performers and seven words that rhyme with “stumble.”

See it if: You sometimes root for the shark when watching Jaws, and/or you like songs that reference Proust.

Skip it if: You’re still waiting breathlessly for Prince Charming and firmly believe that you’ll never turn into your mother.