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Strivelli Players bring pre-war Berlin to Christ Church with “Cabaret”

Danielle Giovinazzi channeled her inner Sally Bowles down to the thigh-high stockings, tail coat and bowler hat, wowing the crowd with her star role in the Strivelli Players’ production of the stage and big-screen classic, “Cabaret.”

The talented crew transformed sedate Christ Church Bay Ridge into pre-war Berlin’s seedy Kit Kat Klub, engaging the audience with its own talented take on the escapades of the teen English cabaret performer and the young American writer, Cliff Bradshaw, played by Anthony Artiga.

The 1966 Broadway production, based on John Van Druten’s 1951 play, “I Am a Camera” and adapted from the novel “Goodbye to Berlin” by Christopher Isherwood, became a hit and spawned a 1972 film which won several Oscars.

The Strivelli Players community theater group was formed in 1975 and first took to the stage as the St. Athanasius Theater Guild, eventually changing its name for the group’s founder, Jerry Strivelli, a professional actor from Bay Ridge.

Christ Church Bay Ridge [7301 Ridge Blvd. between 73rd and 74th streets in Bay Ridge, (718) 907 3422]; performances will be held Nov. 12 and 20 at 8 pm, and Nov. 13 at 3 pm; tickets are $20.

— Shavana Abruzzo

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