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“Elvis Has Left the Building” Springs Seventies Surprises, at Castro Valley

“Elvis Has Left the Building” Springs Seventies Surprises, at Castro Valley

Chanticleers Theatre’s Two Elvises Rock the House by Barry David Horwitz In the rollicking comedy “Elvis Has Left the Building,” Chanticleers Theatre features The Colonel, a blustering, self-centered huckster and con-artist who calls himself “The Snowman.” The Colonel can trick anybody into buying anything—except for the sharp reporter, Jill Tanner, who refuses to  buy his bullshit. The Colonel, a loud-mouthed quasi-southern gentleman discovered Elvis Presley, but is losing control of The King. The intense confrontations between the sleazy Colonel (the…

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“In the Heights”: Young Stars Shine, at CCCT, El Cerrito

“In the Heights”: Young Stars Shine, at CCCT, El Cerrito

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Magical Manhattan Musical by Barry David Horwitz At the top of “In the Heights,” our guide to Washington Heights, Usnavi (Rajiv Vijayakumar), spreads good cheer and hope, while running his little newsstand/sweet shop, and riding herd on his funny, warm-hearted helper Sonny (Jave Hernandez). Usnavi happily leads us to each person, each shop, working his own magic with Vanessa (India Kawar), whom he pursues with charming innocence. These are the warm and welcoming neighbors who have made a…

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“You Mean to Do Me Harm” Weaves Web of U.S.-China Mistrust, at S.F. Playhouse

“You Mean to Do Me Harm” Weaves Web of U.S.-China Mistrust, at S.F. Playhouse

Christopher Chen Pulls Triggers on Marriage, Diplomacy by Barry David Horwitz Two mixed couples have their own yuppie views about Chinese versus U.S. honesty and dishonesty, which is subtly and shockingly expressed in their marriages. Do their marriages reflect competition between the two world powers? Or does Great Power politics subsume their marriages? Watching these four superb actors, under the direction of the accomplished Bill English, we are watching high level diplomatic debate—disguised as marital accord and discord. Daniel (discreet…

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“The Legend of Georgia McBride” Ties a Bow on Drag, at Marin Theatre, Mill Valley

“The Legend of Georgia McBride” Ties a Bow on Drag, at Marin Theatre, Mill Valley

Matthew Lopez Reveals Fabulous, Righteous Queens by Barry David Horwitz You know how hard it is to make a living these days as an Elvis impersonator, right? Even if you work in a small dive bar in Panama City, Florida. That’s what Casey (amped up Adam Magill) finds out, at the same time his wife Jo (fetching Tatiana Wechsler) reveals that she’s pregnant.  When Casey loses his job at Leo’s Bar, he is forced to dress up as Edith Piaf…

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