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New West to let their freak flags fly for Nightlife Cabaret

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New West  Theatre is excited to “ Let  their freak flags fly,” with the long awaited return of  their “Nightlife” cabaret, Feb. 23, 24 and the gala performance, Feb. 25 in the Sterndale Bennett Theatre.

 As the Feb. 23, and 24 shows are already sold out, the audiences are eagerly anticipating it too.

Scott Carpenter is performing in New West Theatre’s Nightlife Cabaret, Feb. 23-35. Photo by Richard Amery


“It’s completely different than our music comedy revues,” said New West Theatre Artistic Director Kelly Reay.


“It’s a chance to use jokes we come up with in rehearsal that aren’t suitable for a family show, so we do them in a cabaret style setting for adults or rated R for 16 and up,,” he continued.

New West Theatre veterans Erica Hunt, Scott Carpenter and Kathy Zaborsky and local funk rock trio Adequate and some special surprise guests will be providing the “Nightlife.”

“There will be a lot of hilarious, naughty jokes. Naughty , but not gratuitous, but you will get to hear words come out of Scott Carpenter‘s mouth that you don’t usually hear,” Reay continued.

 In addition to jokes, there will be funny songs from musical comedians including Steven Lynch, Tim Minchin and Flight of the Conchords.

“Nightlife ” will be set up cabaret style with  tables instead of formal seating and a bar open throughout the show.


“It’s a chance to see New West theatre up close and personal in a little more informal setting,” Reay continued.

“Originally it was designed to be part of the phase two fundraiser for New West— invest in New West. But because we’ve done them before, there was already some buzz about Nightlife,” Reay continued.


“ We wanted to do one last year, but covid started spiking, so we cancelled,” he said.

 New West have done Cabarets in 2016 and 2018 according to Carpenter.


“ I like to let my freak flag fly in these in a more adult setting,” Carpenter enthused, adding the cast have been coming up with material in their own pods.

“So when we get together on Tuesday, it will be the first time seeing a lot of it,” Carpenter continued.


“We’ll be able to do some things that are a little more  weird and avant- garde,” Carpenter said.


“ A lot of it is really off the wall,” Reay added.


“There will be lots of fun and lots of laughter. So just come and laugh,” Reay continued.


“ It will be a chance for the audience to let their freak flags fly too,” Carpenter continued.

Tickets for the Feb. 25 Gala performance include $77.50 or a table of four for $71.06. They include hors D’oeuvres, a complimentary drink, access to an exclusive silent auction and an exclusive after party with Adequate. There are 38 tickets left.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
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