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A conversation with Christine Tasheff

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Christine Tasheff is the artistic director for the new Roxy’s Downtown where her Cabaret Oldtown used to be. Tasheff says getting to do theater without having to own one is “like eating all the cake without the calories.” Mike Hutmacher - The Wichita Eagle

Christine Tasheff is the artistic director for the new Roxy’s Downtown where her Cabaret Oldtown used to be. Tasheff says getting to do theater without having to own one is “like eating all the cake without the calories.” Mike Hutmacher - The Wichita Eagle

BY CARRIE RENGERS

The Wichita Eagle

November 07, 2014 03:46 PM

When the new Roxy’s Downtown at 412 1/2 E. Douglas has its grand opening on Nov. 28, it will also be a homecoming – not to mention a birthday – for Christine Tasheff.

“This building’s always had a lot of sentiment for me,” said Tasheff, the theater’s artistic director.

Years ago, her sister and brother-in-law, Marni and Rich Vliet, had their Looking Glass restaurant on the first floor and their offices on second floor, where Tasheff’s office is now.

In 1993, Tasheff opened Cabaret Oldtown on the second floor, which had been home to a music venue called Roxy’s Downtown and then a recording studio before she opened.

In 2005, Tasheff sold Cabaret Oldtown, which continued as a theater until this year.

Now there’s a group of new owners, including John Hammer…