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“Tosca”—A Beautifully Sung but Unimaginative New Production, from S.F. Opera

“Tosca”—A Beautifully Sung but Unimaginative New Production, from S.F. Opera

Puccini’s Great Opera Has a Dazzling Star, Fresh Sets & Costumes by Pamela Feinsilber Critics attend a popular opera such as “Tosca” many, many times over the years. We saw it here just four years ago, with the amazing Lianna Haroutounian in the lead and tenor Brian Jagde as her beloved, Cavaradossi. This is my third “Tosca,” so it was impossible to see even the new San Francisco Opera production with fresh eyes. It was, though, the first-ever opera for…

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“#GetGandhi” Delights and Inspires, at Z Space, S.F.

“#GetGandhi” Delights and Inspires, at Z Space, S.F.

Anne Galjour’s Heartfelt Comedy Strikes Gold by Mary Volmer In Anne Galjour’s poignant new comedy “#GetGandhi, A Seriously Radical Feminist Comedy,” a multi-generational sorority of feminists conspire to tear down the statue of Gandhi in San Francisco. They object to Gandhi’s practice of sleeping with naked young women to test his “seminal continence,” or celibacy. At first, it’s a head scratcher. The #MeToo movement makes celibacy seem a strange thing to protest. And really, what good can it do to…

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“Sunday in the Park with George” Glitters, at S.F. Playhouse

“Sunday in the Park with George” Glitters, at S.F. Playhouse

Millennial Notes Sondheim, Lapine Playfully Pick Artist’s Brain by Tyler Jeffreys S.F. Playhouse’s “Sunday in the Park with George” takes a charming, colorful perspective on making art yesterday and today. My favorite number, “It’s Hot Up Here,” features every figure in George Seurat’s famous painting of Parisian workers relaxing on a Sunday afternoon.  They stand eerily still, complaining about living in their 2-D painting prison. This witty musical about an artist’s life unfolds like a brilliant cartoon fable. Secretive artist…

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“Beautiful Oops!” A Planned Accident for Kids at BACT, Berkeley

“Beautiful Oops!” A Planned Accident for Kids at BACT, Berkeley

Austin Zumbro, Andrew Mondello Rock the Show by Nicholas Leither If art is a stuffy, elitist activity that costs a lot of money and produces a lot of sneers, you wouldn’t know it watching Bay Area Children’s Theater’s new musical “Beautiful Oops!” based on the popular children’s book by Barney Saltzberg.  In “Oops!” art becomes the product of accidents—a torn page, spilled paint, a disastrous attempt at sculpture, and even the theatrical production, itself. While the book pages you through…

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