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“A Christmas Carol” Soars with Holiday Spirit, at A.C.T., in San Francisco

“A Christmas Carol” Soars with Holiday Spirit, at A.C.T., in San Francisco

Seasonal Classic Inspires Good Will and Good Ideas by Alice Cheng In Amercian Conservatory Theater’s  “A Christmas Carol,” abundance and poverty bump up against each other, starkly. On the teeming Geary Theater stage, we see both Dickens’ Victorian and our own modern economic divides. In San Francisco, the most expensive city in the nation, homeless people sleep on sidewalks near the theater, in front of the ritzy stores in Union Square. How could a full stomach, a warm fire, or…

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“Rapture, Blister, Burn” Breaks Sexual Rules, at Custom Made Theatre, S.F.

“Rapture, Blister, Burn” Breaks Sexual Rules, at Custom Made Theatre, S.F.

Leading Ladies Give New Meaning to ‘Summer Fling’ by Alice Cheng What women want wavers between our practical minds, passionate hearts, and reproductive needs. In order to “have it all,” we must strike a delicate balance while appeasing traditional demands.  Custom Made Theatre’s edgy “Rapture, Blister, Burn” by feminist playwright Gina Gionfriddo, briskly directed by Leah S. Abrams, examines four supposedly content women from three generations. However, their troubled histories expose the dangers of trying to be perfect in a…

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“She Loves Me”–Sparkling Musical Revival at San Francisco Playhouse

“She Loves Me”–Sparkling Musical Revival at San Francisco Playhouse

Shop Clerks Sing Their Hearts Out in Pre-War Hungary by Alice Cheng “She Loves Me,” the 1963 musical hit, proves that we are all hopeless romantics. Set in Budapest in 1937, two secret pen pals work in the same elegant perfume shop. Although they fall in love anonymously on paper, they continue to clash, blindly, in their real lives. Director Susi Damilano and the captivating cast at San Francisco Playhouse pierce beneath the workaday surface, discovering lyrical love in unexpected…

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“Luzia” Dreams A Mythical Mexico, at AT&T Park, San Francisco

“Luzia” Dreams A Mythical Mexico, at AT&T Park, San Francisco

Cirque du Soleil Makes Imagination Happen by Alice Cheng Cirque du Soleil unleashes a torrential downpour of physical feats and Latin delights with the U.S. Premiere of “Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico.” With an international cast of 44 performers and a $47 million investment by Mexico, “Luzia” integrates incarnations of water in pools, showers, and patterned waterfalls. “Luzia” enchants under Le Grand Chapiteau at AT&T Park in San Francisco by blending traditional and mythical Mexico in a spectacular dream for a…

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