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      April 4, 2012 - May 6, 2012


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      Re-Spiced: A Silk Road Cabaret

      Silk Road Rising at The Historic Chicago Temple Building

      Re-Spiced: A Silk Road Cabaret is a playful, sexy, occasionally subversive, always entertaining, musical pastiche of Asian and Middle Eastern images in American and British song and verse. From Broadway show tunes to pop, from country to rap, folk to rock, poetry to prose, Re-Spiced turns the tables on “us” and “them” with panache and glee and leaves us wondering just who’s who?

      Hedy Weiss of Chicago Sun-Times writes:
      "The show is a smart, incisive, 90-minute collage of songs about the Far East, Southeast Asia and the Middle East — drawn from both the Broadway and pop music songbooks, and deftly interspersed with brief interludes of prose and poetry from writers spanning the 11th to the late 20th centuries."

      Kerry Reid of Chicago Tribune writes:
      "This is the rare cabaret evening that allows you to both enjoy and examine the cultural assumptions underpinning some well-loved songs — and the prose sections in "Re-Spiced" may send you on a mission to add some intriguing new flavors to your reading list."

      Minita Gandhi of Chicago Theatre Minority Report writes:
      "This production is sharp, touching, and fun. It’s Ice Cube, Joan Baez, and Rodgers and Hammerstein. It’s cabaret with a conscience. It demands an audience as eclectic as its tightknit ensemble and vivid message."

      Bob Bullen of Chicago Theatre Addict writes:
      "Re-Spiced: A Silk Road Cabaret isn’t your mother’s cabaret. It’s bold, colorful, eclectic, relevant and shockingly subversive. I’ve seen a lot of cabaret in my time, but nothing quite like the experience I had last night."

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