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Huntington Beach Central Library Theater
at the Central Library Theater 7111 Talbert Ave Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714-960-8839
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39 reviews
9 stars
Lots of free parking that is near by. The theater is downstairs on the north end of the library.
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6 stars
The weather was Cold. I wore casual clothes.
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"Can-Can"
47 ratings
3.4 average rating
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13 reviews
13 stars
attended Jan 12 2012

Good, talented cast, nice costumes. Very enjoyable. We seem to be the youngest in the crowd, so might have been a special event. The audience all seemed pleased with the performances!

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7 reviews
0 stars
attended Jan 12 2012

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

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6 reviews
6 stars
attended Jan 06 2012

One of the best plays I have been to!

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Description

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.