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“Wizard of Oz”—Charming Stage Pictures, at Berkeley Playhouse

“Wizard of Oz”—Charming Stage Pictures, at Berkeley Playhouse

Millennial Notes Lexie Lazear Orchestrates Lovely Performance by Rachel Norby At Berkeley Playhouse, Director Lexie Lazear’s version of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” includes a talented cast, well-choreographed musical numbers, and exquisite costuming. She brings together many moving parts to create a fantastical journey along the yellow brick road. The costume designers outdo themselves in the visually stunning Emerald City. Each costume is a fantastic concoction of green, yet no two costumes are the same. Everything sparkles and…

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“Tartuffe”—Thoroughly Modern Moliere, at CAL, Berkeley

“Tartuffe”—Thoroughly Modern Moliere, at CAL, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Director Dominique Lozano Dazzles with Inventive Staging by Jordan Freed Cal’s production of Moliere’s “Tartuffe” turns out to be glamorous and modern, with amazing sets.  The stage is filled by a backyard pavilion in full L.A. splendor, glowing with excess and luxury. There’s a huge outdoor TV, a fireplace surrounded by cushy lawn chairs, and a juice bar!  To grab the spirit of Dominique Lozano’s “Tartuffe,” imagine an Instagram Influencer or You Tube Star speaking in poetic verse….

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“In the Heights” Elevates Immigrant Spirit, at Custom Made, S.F.

“In the Heights” Elevates Immigrant Spirit, at Custom Made, S.F.

Millennial Notes  Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Strong Women Carry the Barrio by Carly Van Liere It’s clear that now is a perfect and poignant time for this awesome musical, as the lights come up on “Abolish ICE” graffiti on Usnavi’s tiny bodega. The growing pains of huge economic changes ring true to the San Francisco audience. From the top of Harlem, Lin-Manuel Miranda tells all… But the message of this play echoes throughout the Bay Area and world. Home is not necessarily…

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“Aida”—A Kinetic Explosion! at Broadway by the Bay, Redwood City

“Aida”—A Kinetic Explosion! at Broadway by the Bay, Redwood City

Millennial Notes Elton John, Tim Rice Expose Imperialism Today by Tyler Jeffreys Broadway by the Bay’s “Aida” explodes with energetic performances that give me goosebumps. The ensemble’s game is tight. My eyes are glued to the brilliant dancers–Angelica Scott, Daniel Lloyd Pias, and Ali Lacer. In the Egyptian desert, Scott dazzles in “The Dance of the Robe,” my favorite number.   Choreographer Nicole Helfer adds gorgeous West African dance moves to Elton’s John’s drum driven score. The Nubian slaves are celebrating…

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