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“Paradise Square” Celebrates Song & Dance in Civil War Manhattan, at Berkeley Rep

“Paradise Square” Celebrates Song & Dance in Civil War Manhattan, at Berkeley Rep

World Class Musical Shows Black & Irish Lives Matter by Jennifer Ann Charron It’s rare to witness a momentous new musical.  My shoulders clench and my jaw drops, like a dumb-struck child. That’s me watching “Paradise Square: A New Musical” that tells the history of Black and Irish people living together in Manhattan—just before the Civil War. “Paradise Square” explores the little-known history of New York’s Five Points neighborhood through the eyes and music of Stephen Foster (touching Jacob Fishel),…

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“Santaland Diaries”: Hilarious Working Elf Reflects, at TheatreWorks, Los Altos

“Santaland Diaries”: Hilarious Working Elf Reflects, at TheatreWorks, Los Altos

Millennial Notes Max Tachis, Jeffrey Lo Delight in Holiday Shenanigans   by Evelyn Arevalo What better way to finish off the year than treating yourself to Joe Mantello’s dramatization of David Sedaris’ famous essay “The Santaland Diaries”? Brought to life by multifaceted star Max Tachis, this one man show pushes the boundaries of interactive and outrageous storytelling. Christmas may never recover. Tachis shepherds us through David Sedaris’ early thirties, playing the starving New York writer. Sedaris is forced to work…

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“Thoroughly Modern Millie”—Antiquated, yet Charming, at CCMT, Walnut Creek

“Thoroughly Modern Millie”—Antiquated, yet Charming, at CCMT, Walnut Creek

Millennial Notes Morris, Scanlan, Tesori Lift Spirits with Light Pastiche Musical by Meaghan Gates Millie is one of my favorite shows and inspired me when I was a teenager yearning for Broadway. Based on the 1967 movie musical hit, Contra Costa Musical Theatre’s production is toe-tappingly enjoyable. In 1922, Millie Dillmount (spunky Samantha Rose Cardenas) moves to the Big Apple from a small town, ready to take the world by storm. Defining herself as a “modern” woman, Millie has big…

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“Dry Powder” Ignites Greedy Passions, at Aurora, Berkeley

“Dry Powder” Ignites Greedy Passions, at Aurora, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Sarah Burgess Dissects Financiers’ Brains by Michael V. Rodriguez I felt like a community college student at a Harvard Business School law class watching “Dry Powder.” I felt scared, afraid, and alone, but Sarah Burgess brings us into the fold, quickly, appealing to our malicious impulse to delight in others’ losses. Her bickering businessmen in a surgical setting hold our attention better than a Netflix sitcom. Burgess transforms the mysterious world of finance into dark comedy. “Dry Powder”…

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