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“Church” Blows the Roof Off Religion, at Crowded Fire, S.F.

“Church” Blows the Roof Off Religion, at Crowded Fire, S.F.

Young Jean Lee Reincarnates Faith in Song and Dance by Barry David Horwitz Crowded Fire’s intimate stage is now the pulpit of a church, with soaring ceilings and high church windows. It’s all bathed in a bright, spiritual glow like sunshine indoors, and we are the faithful, summoned to witness the four pastors’ religious testimonies. On the steep pews facing them, we are plunged into complete darkness—while a resonant voice out of the dark intones everyone’s basic fears, doubts, and…

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“for colored girls” Unifies & Sanctifies, at African American Shakes, S.F.

“for colored girls” Unifies & Sanctifies, at African American Shakes, S.F.

Millennial Notes Ntozake Shange Brightens Colorful American Souls by Tyler Jeffreys “for colored girls” feels like a healing session for the oppressed woman–not a show. Even the White women in the audience snap their fingers, relating to their darker sisters. “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf,” like the “Vagina Monologues,” is a series of  soliloquies pieced together. Each woman tells her story while the rest of the ensemble nods and “mmhmms” in agreement….

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“Mamma Mia!” I think I’ll go AGAIN! to Center REP, Walnut Creek

“Mamma Mia!” I think I’ll go AGAIN! to Center REP, Walnut Creek

Millennial Notes Director Marc Jacobs Gives Us an Idyllic Summer of Love  by Carly Van Liere In our constant assault of breaking news and conflict around every corner, we need some time off to remember fun in the sun. Well, we found it at Center REP.  “Mamma Mia!” gives us love, friendship, spectacular visual aesthetics, and blissfully nostalgic ABBA tunes. The story revolves around twenty-year-old Sophie (radiant Giana Gambardella), who aims to invite her biological father to her wedding. But…

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“Mahabharat”—Heroic Immersion, at Naatak, Palo Alto

“Mahabharat”—Heroic Immersion, at Naatak, Palo Alto

Sujit Saraf Spins Complex Epic in Drama, Music, Dance by Susan Dunn It’s like swallowing a whale. That’s what it has meant to the plucky and talented all-volunteer team producing an adaptation of the Mahabharata, the world’s longest epic poem, now on stage at the Cubberley Theater in Palo Alto. The new musical is Naatak Indian Theater’s most ambitious project yet. Onstage, the colors are mesmerizing, dancers in three classical styles are enchanting, the singing is clear and penetrating, and…

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