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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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“Cavalleria Rusticana” & “Pagliacci”—Stellar Singing and Acting from S.F. Opera

“Cavalleria Rusticana” & “Pagliacci”—Stellar Singing and Acting from S.F. Opera

Director Jose Maria Condemi’s Chivalrous Rustics & Sad Clowns Come Alive by Pamela Feinsilber It’s not often that San Francisco audiences are offered the most popular “double bill” in opera: “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni and “Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo. While these one-act operas are sometimes presented separately, they’ve been together since both composers (Leoncavallo wrote his libretto, as well) entered a new-talent competition in Rome in 1890. Now there’s a fine new production of “Cav/Pag,” in the aficionados’ shorthand,…

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“Washed Up on the Potomac” Liberates Mad Men, at S.F. Playhouse

“Washed Up on the Potomac” Liberates Mad Men, at S.F. Playhouse

Lynn Rosen Pits Freaks against Geeks by Barry David Horwitz What motivates a proofreader in a sweltering ad agency to huddle in a parka at her desk and shun her fellow workers? It’s the classic story of a nerdy receptionist who lives with her domineering mother and fears any contact. Incapacitated, she comically shuttles between desk and home, peeping out in fear. In “Washed Up on the Potomac” playwright Lynn Rosen presents the humble, quiet worker, Sherri, played with delicious…

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