By Lisa Gauthier Mitchison, Nuvo
December 19, 2011
I can’t think of a more elegant and sophisticated setting for New York-style cabaret than than the Columbia Club. Thursday night’s searing wind made the lights from the Monument Circle tree sway, creating tracers through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Crystal Terrace room. What a picture-perfect backdrop for a Christmas-themed show!
Christine Pedi wasn’t a hundred percent on opening night, but she was forgiven. Pedi is an easy-going performer who doesn’t get fazed easily. Her flight odyssey from New York made for good storytelling, and she and her pianist, Matthew Ward, gave the audience a top-of-the-line variety show.
While Pedi is known for her roles in Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Hollywood, and is starring in two shows concurrently Off-Broadway (not to mention her Sirius XM radio show), her show-stoppers weren’t her ballads or Broadway numbers, but her impressions. From the likes of Cher and Charo, to her “12 Days of Christmas” diva grab bag that included a spot-on Bernadette Peters, Pedi is a laugh-meister.
Additional proof that she owns the title were her homage to the departure of Oprah to the tune of “Those Were the Days” and the song “Occupy Christmas,” as well as a snipe at reindeer hunting with Sarah Palin. While you can get dinner (and I recommend you do) at the Cabaret at the Columbia, don’t mistake this for “dinner theater.” Leave your jeans in the closet and dust off something posh to wear for an evening that takes you up a notch in Indianapolis theater.
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