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“Volta”—Big Tent Acrobats Amaze & Electrify, at Cirque du Soleil, S.F.

“Volta”—Big Tent Acrobats Amaze & Electrify, at Cirque du Soleil, S.F.

Magnificent Cirque Celebrates Acceptance & Love by Barry David Horwitz Cirque du Soleil, a French-Canadian invention, has a story to tell—it’s about brotherly love, giving a hand to others, and cooperating, rather than competing. It’s a parable about tortured Waz (talented Joey Arrigo), a young man who feels alienated from the Grey Ones, who march in unison, heads-down, looking at their hypnotic cell phones.  Waz’s story traces his re-connecting with friends who help him and bring him to new heights…

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“Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure”—A Retro Treat, at BACT, S.F.

“Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure”—A Retro Treat, at BACT, S.F.

Millennial Notes Hannah Dworkin Channels Lewis Carroll, Enchantingly by Rosa del Duca “Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure” opens with a grand gesture—the entire cast sings a high-energy welcome, signaling that the kids are in for more than just Alice in Wonderland. This Bay Area Children’s Theatre “Adventure” is driven by pop beats and anthems at every turn. And if you grew up watching the 1985 made-for-TV movie Alice in Wonderland, this show brings it all back. “Wonderland” riffs on…

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“Cat in the Hat”— An English/Spanish Riot, at BACT, Berkeley

“Cat in the Hat”— An English/Spanish Riot, at BACT, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Karina Gutierrez Mixes Magic & Mayhem, Perfectly by Rosa del Duca The first page of Dr. Suess’s “Cat in the Hat” springs  to life in  the opening scene of Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s  bilingual  “El Gato Ensombrerado.” There’s that window, in signature Dr. Seuss style, where Sally (mischievous, high-energy Carolina Morones) and The Boy (endearing, energetic Daniel Quezada) sit  glumly, staring out at the rain. And then, in a set transformation that evokes a cinematic zoom, we are…

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“Pete the Cat” Thrills Kids, at BACT, Berkeley

“Pete the Cat” Thrills Kids, at BACT, Berkeley

Zachary Hasbany Brings Favorite Cat to Life by Rosa del Duca In the throes of an epic rock guitar solo, Pete the Cat (dynamic, compelling Zachary Hasbany) does not see the cat catcher until too late. Pete is whisked away from his band mates and placed with the Biddle family. Pete is less than thrilled to become a house cat, and the Biddles are puzzled by Pete’s unorthodox ways. He loves to “jam.” He’s a bed hog and easily forgets…

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