THE ESTHER SHOW
a cabaret rock opera by Amy Tobin
THE ESTHER SHOW is Amy Tobin’s
cabaret rock opera inspired by the biblical Book of Esther. Based on a story
usually told for children in honor of the Jewish holiday of Purim, this live
music experience is strictly for adults. The Esther Show chronicles the
bloated empire and bumbling king of ancient Persia, stirring up bloodlust for
imaginary enemies and giving good royal seduction in spite of a really bad
Between 2002 and 2006, the show toured to major U.S. cities and venues including the Knitting Factory NY and Café du Nord, San Francisco.
Amy Tobin has been performing her music for over twenty years in the San Francisco Bay Area, singing in venues ranging from Maritime Hall to Eros Men's Club. She has self-released 4 Choices, a limited edition EP including the songs from The Esther Show, as well as When sparks fly, with the band A Little Friction.
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If Purim is the holiday of subversive reversals, then Tobin's version of subversion asks other tough questions ... Tobin also likes to use the clueless and ineffective king to poke fun at political targets—the death penalty, the invasion of Iraq, and this year, the Bush administration. In one refrain she sings of a "Story about the stories we tell," suggesting that Purim is precisely the time to use a critical lens to scrutinize politics."
— Ben Wurgaft, nextbook.org