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“Crazy for You” Defies the Great Depression, at Bay Area Musicals, S.F.

“Crazy for You” Defies the Great Depression, at Bay Area Musicals, S.F.

The Gershwins & McCoy Deliver Delicious Dancing by Evelyn Arevalo and Barry David Horwitz Here’s a musical that illuminates 30s history. “Crazy for You” takes place during the Great Depression—even though it debuted in 1992, with songs by George and Ira Gershwin. You can predict the story, and still be surprised by the delightful dancing and excellent singing from Bobby Child, Polly Baker, Bela Zangler and all the typical Depression characters played by this superbly talented troupe. It’s a musical…

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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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“All the Way” Makes LBJ Real to Us, at Palo Alto Players

“All the Way” Makes LBJ Real to Us, at Palo Alto Players

Robert Schenkkan Reveals Women behind Throne by Barry David Horwitz The power behind Lyndon Baines Johnson (sympathetic Michael Monagle) is Lady Bird Johnson (touching Gwendolyne Wagner). Lady Bird knows when to kowtow and when to flee the room. Well, it turns out that Lady Bird was the source of LBJ’s wealth, of his TV stations and newspapers in Texas. So, the woman behind LBJ made him what he is in “All the Way,” the Tony Award winning drama that tells…

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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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