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“Castle Happy” Recreates Hollywood Party, at Altarena Playhouse, Alameda

“Castle Happy” Recreates Hollywood Party, at Altarena Playhouse, Alameda

Dunn & Freed Score Scandalous Musical Intrigue by Robert M. Gardner “Castle Happy” provides us with many happy moments as we meet William Randolph Hearst (skilled Leland Morine) whose excellent baritone brings power and gravitas to Hearst’s character. He is paired with the wonderful Cindy Head, who plays Hearst’s mistress, the vivacious Marion Davies. The beautiful 1930s costumes showcase the exquisite sense of style of  Director Clay David, who is also the Costume Designer. The set is bare, with only…

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“A Life on the Ocean Wave” Whips Up a Storm, at Exit Theatre, S.F.

“A Life on the Ocean Wave” Whips Up a Storm, at Exit Theatre, S.F.

Stuart Bousel Serenades Ghosts, Sirens, and Sailors by Robert M. Gardner Lovers of the sea and the stories that surround it will enjoy careening across the stage (err…waves) with this rollicking production of “A Life on the Ocean Wave.” Greeted by Shantywoman (boisterous Christina Augell), the audience is soon singing the age-old question “What Do We Do with the Drunken Sailor?” By the way, “A Life” has a rollicking sub-title: “Being a Merrie Evening of Genuine Sea Chanty Sing-Along and…

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“An Ideal Husband” Marries Politics with Love, at Town Hall, Lafayette

“An Ideal Husband” Marries Politics with Love, at Town Hall, Lafayette

Oscar Wilde, the Jon Stewart of Victorian England by Robert M. Gardner Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband,” at Town Hall Theatre, pulls out all the stops with great acting, luxurious sets, and deliciously biting dialogue. From the opening act, you cannot help but draw comparisons to the politics of today. By showing the ethics of politicians driven solely by money and prestige, Wilde evokes continuous and contagious laughter. The play revolves around the scandal that envelops the Chilterns when an…

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“Monsoon Wedding” Dazzles at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

“Monsoon Wedding” Dazzles at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Mira Nair Imports Spectacle, Songs, Sweethearts—Bollywood Style by Robert M. Gardner “Monsoon Wedding” depicts a well-to-do Dehli family’s frenzied preparations for the elaborate arranged marriage of their daughter to an Indian American boy from New Jersey. The boisterous wedding preparations are besieged by crises, but each is overcome by the unrestrained happiness of Bollywood song and dance, based on Director Mira Nair’s 2001 movie of the same name. The vivacious cast sings and dances in a constant swirl of activity and…

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