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“Arcadia” Paints a Bleak, Loveless Future, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“Arcadia” Paints a Bleak, Loveless Future, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

When we can keep up with them, the characters dazzle with their wit. They recite poetry. They ponder, to nihilistic ends, Newtonian determinism, the new science of thermodynamics, and the mathematics of grouse populations, derived from centuries of records in the game book, a.k.a., Things on the Estate That Have Been Shot. They fuck, they cheat, they plan to duel. (The action stays wholly off stage.)

“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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“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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“Allegiance”—Dark, Yet Uplifting, At CCCT, El Cerrito

“Allegiance”—Dark, Yet Uplifting, At CCCT, El Cerrito

Jay Kuo Uses Japanese Internment to Celebrate the Human Spirit by Jennifer Ann Charron “Allegiance” connects the shameful history of Japanese American internment during WWII with a family’s story of hope and resilience. We follow the Kimura family from their Salinas farm to captivity in a Wyoming relocation camp. But “Allegiance” is no downer. This plucky musical is jam-packed with heartening songs of family, love, and redemption. After some dissonance, Jay Kuo’s writing rises to brilliance. While “Allegiance” vividly portrays…

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