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The Literary Cabaret presents: Shelter from the Storm

By Meredith Beaumont

The Literary Cabaret will be presenting a brand new show, Blowing up a Storm, to start their 18th season at the beginning of January. Shelter is available at their comfortable and spacious venue Baile Café at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio.

Theater: Blowing up a Storm. Thu, Jan 5-Sat, Jan 7, 8pm. Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Hernández Macías 68 (opposite Bellas Artes). 100 pesos

This tempestuous show explores and exploits all types of weather conditions. Verging on the extreme: gale force winds, blizzards, tornadoes and hurricanes will shake the rafters as Marilyn Bullivant, Rick Davey and Reesha Browning eventually take our hand and lead us on to the halcyon days of blue skies, sunshine and light breezes. The all-British threesome specialize in bringing literature, music and poetry to the stage in an atmosphere of mirth and merriment.

Hilarious original skits will feature: the risk of whom one might meet whilst sheltering from the rain, and a buyer-beware approach to the difficulty of choosing a suitable sunscreen.

Weather reports will be grist to the trio’s humour. Have you ever listened to a shipping forecast? BBC Radio issues these (remarkably) four times a day, for the seas around the coasts of the British Isles. Exotic names, together with familiar repetition of conditions, have made these reports hypnotic, and, indeed poetic, and attract an audience far beyond your average mariner.

Here is a snippet from a recent broadcast:

Issued by the Meteorological Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, on Sunday 04 December 2011 at 1725 GMT.

Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames

West or northwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Rough or very rough. Squally showers, wintry in Fisher. Good visibility, occasionally poor.

Fair Isle, Faeroes

Mainly northwesterly, but becoming cyclonic at times in south, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 later in Faeroes. Very rough or high. Squally wintry showers. Good visibility, occasionally poor.

Stephen Fry, the comic writer, actor and broadcaster, was inspired to write a spoof on these broadcasts which will be featured by the Cabaret.

Fran Leibowitz, the American humorist, has a piece on the climate of New York; and Michael Flanders and Donald Swann take us through a year of British weather, in song. Other musical renditions, including jazz standards, vaudeville choruses, and comedy numbers, on guitar, ukulele and possibly even conga drum, will be presented in a state of rising barometric pressure.

On a more serious note, William Shakespeare and TS Eliot will engage us on the cruelty of the elements; and Billy Collins will explain the mystic aspect of shovelling snow.

Shipwrecks, Umbrellas, Heat waves, Puddles, Fog, Rainbows… all contribute to a show both clement and inclement.

You are invited to reserve early to avoid the deluge by calling Maitre’D, Juan Carlos–or stopping by at Baile Café, 152-0095 or 044-415-109-7720. Dinner is available beforehand.

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