'33, a one-man Weimar cabaret
Written and performed by Bremner Duthie, original direction by Dave Dawson, new direction by Joseph Furnari, dramaturgy by Caroline Russell-King and Rob Burns, original choreography by Julie Tomaino and Barry Stoneking and Tracy Darin
’33 is a 'Kabarett of Ghosts' - a performance piece that recreates the final night in a cabaret, destroyed by the Security Forces.
In the ruins of a ravaged theatre, The Master of Ceremonies tumbles onto a stage ripped apart by violence. His friends and colleagues were beaten and arrested by the authorities. Only their shattered props and costumes remain. His own songs have shattered and emerge in fragments. He intends to give up and vanish into the night. But an audience has slipped through the broken door. They wait, partly in solidarity, partly voyeurs, hoping for a spectacle. Inspired, the man pays homage to his fallen friends, performing each of their acts – the sexual play of the showgirl, the revolutionary humour of the comedian, the movement of the light footed dancer. In these tributes, he gains the strength to carry on.
"laughter and jaw-dropping physicality... a must see."
-Theatre Jones, Dallas
"an incredible one-man show....brilliant acting."
- PBS America
"he will have you close to tears one moment and laughing the next - an absolute joy to watch."
- New Orleans Defender Magazine
"Duthie... is utterly arresting as the vanquished impresario of a ruined cabaret"
"Duthie’s vocal and acting chops are both incredibly impressive, covering everything from a crass comedy routine to mournful songs of loss and desperation. The result is an entire variety show of undeniable entertainment."
- Vue Magazine, Canada
"a truly mesmerizing piece of theatre"
- Edmonton Journal
"...it’s all really quite beautiful to behold. Shows like this don’t happen very often, folks."
- The Visitorium, Canada
"A gem of a show"
- Orlando Sentinel
" And my god, does he ever sing. Bremner's performance is jaw-dropping-my jaw literally dropped"
- View Magazine, Canada
"Bremner Duthie has.... a voice of power and inner beauty that commands the whole space..... One feels like being seduced by the sheer power and beauty of this performance"
- Musical Stages Magazine, UK
"The power of Duthie's voice keeps the audience glued to his performance with applause after applause as each song is laid to rest. Singing in multiple languages and executing them to convey the emotion to the audience, not the actual words, shows artistic and masterful craftsmanship."
- Plank Magazine, Canada
"This show honestly has something for everyone, from songs crooned masterfully to raunchy humour and sharp commentary. Particularly haunting (and effective) is Duthie’s use of props, like shoes and wigs, to represent those who have been purged before him—a stunning allusion to holocaust museums the world over. In the end, I cannot stress enough how strong Duthie is in this masterfully constructed play
- London Fringe Review, Canada
"Bremner Duthie, whose credits include a hit Kurt Weill cabaret, is the real thing. He’s an intense and expert singer — and more than that, performer— of the ’30s repertoire, in English, French, German, Yiddish. "
- Edmonton Sun, Canada
"When he sings, his voice is like a big, dark, sultry room --full of emotive and expressive possibilities. Even when Duthie sings in languages other than English, the passion and subtext come startlingly alive."
- The Georgia Straight, Vancouver
"Listening to Duthie sing is like sipping hot chocolate topped with cream, sitting on a sun terrace high up in the French Alps, snow all around."
- Theatreworld Magazine, London, England