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“Great Expectations”: Frenetic Dickensian Coming of Age, at Town Hall, Lafayette

“Great Expectations”: Frenetic Dickensian Coming of Age, at Town Hall, Lafayette

Gale Childs Daly Delivers Hope of Resurrection from Chaos by Jennifer Ann Charron Most of us are familiar with Great Expectations─Charles Dickens’ Victorian novel about a boy who sells his soul to move up the social ladder. Gale Child Daly’s adaptation suffers, like Pip, the hero, from an off-kilter GPS and chaotic staging. Great Expectations (1861-62) was released in weekly serial segments, so it’s tricky to fit all that Dickensian satire onstage. But it’s clear that the source of British…

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“Mary Poppins” Inspires Rich & Poor, at S.F. Playhouse

“Mary Poppins” Inspires Rich & Poor, at S.F. Playhouse

Millennial Notes Susi Damilano Delivers a Poppin’ Nanny for the Ages by Rachel Norby and Tyler Jeffreys P.L. Travers’ quirky, beloved English governess, Mary Poppins (commanding El Beh) takes a sharp, new turn in director Susi Damilano’s staging. When Mary sings “The whole bloomin’ Empire,” she reminds us that the British Empire was ruling the world in 1900. Mary’s natural alliance with Bert the Chimney Sweeper (swaggy Wiley Naman Strasser) defines a new “Poppins.” Unlike the Disney movie, this “Mary…

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