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“Volta”—Big Tent Acrobats Amaze & Electrify, at Cirque du Soleil, S.F.

“Volta”—Big Tent Acrobats Amaze & Electrify, at Cirque du Soleil, S.F.

Magnificent Cirque Celebrates Acceptance & Love by Barry David Horwitz Cirque du Soleil, a French-Canadian invention, has a story to tell—it’s about brotherly love, giving a hand to others, and cooperating, rather than competing. It’s a parable about tortured Waz (talented Joey Arrigo), a young man who feels alienated from the Grey Ones, who march in unison, heads-down, looking at their hypnotic cell phones.  Waz’s story traces his re-connecting with friends who help him and bring him to new heights…

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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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“The Boy from Oz” Dances into Our Hearts, at Rhino, S.F.

“The Boy from Oz” Dances into Our Hearts, at Rhino, S.F.

Peter Allen Inspires Tears, Joy from Down Under by Barry David Horwitz Director John Fisher has done it again. He has revived the most fabulous gay musical, telling the story of famous lounge singer, dancer, and songwriter Peter Allen. Even though I didn’t know the fabulous story of Peter, Judy, Greg, and Liza, the music and heartfelt performances impart warmth and understanding to 40 years of LGBTQ struggle and triumph. Little Peter Allen as a young boy (brilliant, adorable Cameron…

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“Dancing Lessons” Shimmies and Shakes, at Center REP, Walnut Creek

“Dancing Lessons” Shimmies and Shakes, at Center REP, Walnut Creek

Millennial Notes Mark St. Germain Asks: Do We Have the Strength to Change? by Beau McGlasson Dance is pure human expression. It’s the carefree wildness of a club at 1 A.M., the controlled passion of tango. You can dance on your own to Robyn or tangle yourself in your lover’s arms. Dancing expresses frustration or liberation. “Dancing Lessons,” the hilarious play by Mark St. Germain at Center REP, poignantly examines two people—a dancer who has injured her leg and a…

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