“Take your broken heart — and turn it into art.” That’s what Carrie Fisher once said about sadness and redemption, and she knew a thing or two about such things — hence the importance of Forbidden Love: A Musical Theater Cabaret. The performers in tonight’s cabaret will take all the ecstatic agonies of thwarted love, love affairs, and the Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name, examine them, feel them deeply and then transmogrify those vaguely soiled passions with the power of art, delivering unto you a level of compassion the likes of which you’ve never seen before but really needed to. Rockwell Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; Mon., Sept. 30, 8 p.m.; $25. (323) 669-1550, rockwell-la.com.

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