Best Room to Hear Cabaret New York 2000 - Firebird Café
"Intimacy" is the commodity cabaret sells. And Firebird Café is the room that's got intimacy big timeer, better make that small time. Venue's been around for only a few yearsthe last 10 months under Erv Raible's directionbut its shoe-box configuration (dimensions: approximately 18 feet by 32 feet; capacity: 70) has become a staple. When performers jump, swoop, or amble onto the low-rise stage, they're probably no farther than 12 feet from anyone in the room, and on the few nights when there are only a handful of people present, the space still feels comfortably crowded. After the lights dim (Matt Berman oversees them), it may feel as if Steve Ross or KT Sullivan or "Marlene Dietrich," as impersonated by James Beaman, is singing directly to you. For a good reason: She or he (or she/he) is.