What is cabaret?

“…An evening of song and stories in an intimate space.  Part stand-up comic, part balladeer, part evangelist; today’s performer often has a theme that unifies the evening, knows a great deal about the music they’re singing, and shares that information in witty and inventive ways. At its best, cabaret can amuse, entertain, and inform…it can dazzle you, catch you unawares and make you weep… The audience participates in a direct, emotional conversation with the artist…”

Andrea Marcovicci,
New York Times