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“Dear Evan Hansen” Challenges Millennial Myths, at The Curran, S.F.

“Dear Evan Hansen” Challenges Millennial Myths, at The Curran, S.F.

Benj Pasek & Justin Paul Make Music for Harsh Times by Rachel Norby and Barry David Horwitz The plot of “Dear Evan Hansen” could be a teenie bopper movie: boy makes up story, the lies spin out of control, he comes clean. But this multiple Tony Award winning musical phenomenon has a Dickensian theme: Poor, invisible Evan ingratiates himself with the wealthy family of a classmate who has committed suicide. With a top-notch cast and a flashing backdrop of floating…

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“Avenue Q” Spices Up the Holidays, at NCTC, S.F

“Avenue Q” Spices Up the Holidays, at NCTC, S.F

Lopez & Marx’s Adult Sesame Street Meets Queer Musical by Kim Waldron “I love the lively ones,” said my friend, after seeing “Avenue Q.”  She’s right. Spirited and profane, with smart lyrics, this musical pleases everyone—except The Grinch and Ted Cruz. For some an adult parody of “Sesame Street” seems an odd staple for the holidays. Yet opening night was sold out for this, the sixth consecutive December of “Avenue Q” at New Conservatory Theatre Center, a true San Francisco…

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“Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce” Makes Mincemeat of Christmas, at The Curran, S.F.

“Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce” Makes Mincemeat of Christmas, at The Curran, S.F.

Mac Attack Celebrates Drag & Rebellion by Barry David Horwitz Taylor Mac, MacArthur Genius Award winner, destroyer of Icons, Ironic Drag Queen of Assault on Patriarchy, singer, comic, wit, and Ruler of Outrage has done it again. You cannot contain his attacks on the status quo—because he has earned his mascara from Mother Flawless Sabrina. Mac floats down in a huge black cauldron, in a fabulous rainbow-colored snaky Medusa headdress, wearing a wild ropey gown festooned with ornaments. His glittering…

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“In the Heights” Elevates Immigrant Spirit, at Custom Made, S.F.

“In the Heights” Elevates Immigrant Spirit, at Custom Made, S.F.

Millennial Notes  Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Strong Women Carry the Barrio by Carly Van Liere It’s clear that now is a perfect and poignant time for this awesome musical, as the lights come up on “Abolish ICE” graffiti on Usnavi’s tiny bodega. The growing pains of huge economic changes ring true to the San Francisco audience. From the top of Harlem, Lin-Manuel Miranda tells all… But the message of this play echoes throughout the Bay Area and world. Home is not necessarily…

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