Cole Porter's Can-Can: Love & Scandal in 19th Century Paris
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The last date listed for Can-Can was Sunday January 29, 2012 / 2:00pm.
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My overall rating of the play is that it was okay. The lead female and male actors have good voices. The French accents were done poorly by all cast members. The dancers were just terrible... sorry ladies, all of you need to take beginning dance lessons or stick to singing and not promote yourself as a dancer. The most distracting thing for me were the awful wigs of the four dancers and the lead female. They looked ratty and very, very messy. On the plus side, the costumes were very nice and the sets were adequate. If I recommended this play to someone, I would have to give a disclaimer that said, "it's okay for the price."
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I would say that ones enjoyment of the production will be inversely proportional to ones knowledge of France and of the pronunciation of French.
On the other hand, the costumes were elegant, the sets were adequate, and the support staff were...continued
Can-Can is a songfest about Paris in 1893 and some of its more Bohemian citizens. Aristide Forestier, a young, newly-appointed and over-zealous magistrate, decides to undertake a reform movement. The first case before him is a charge against some young women that their dance, the cancan, has violated the Paris morals code. Acting with the unique wisdom of the French, the chief judge dismisses the case because all of the witnesses seem suddenly to have had cinders in their eyes when the crime was committed and so cannot testify. Aristide goes to Montmartre to investigate the matter personally.
He gets his evidence but in the process falls in love with La Môme Pistache, the cafe proprietress. In the Montmartre we meet, Claudine, the principal dancer of the cancan palaces, Boris Adzinidzinadze, the temperamental artist whom she supports, and Hilaire Jussac, the art critic with whom Boris fights an uproariously funny duel. Aristide ends up in a police scandal which gets him disbarred. He confesses his love for Pistache, leaves the law to the courts, and joins her in teaching others how to do the CAN-CAN.
The show contains entrancing Cole Porter songs such as " C’est Magnifique," “I Love Paris,” “Allez-Vous-En,” and “Can-Can” flow logically from the context of the story.