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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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“The Events”: Shock and Terror at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“The Events”: Shock and Terror at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

David Grieg Exposes Our Innermost Fears by Robert M. Gardner Caleb Cabrera (The Boy) is a wild force of nature. A lithe, seething, multi-faceted actor, Cabrera moves as easily across the stage as he does from character to character. The play opens with the Boy speaking from his perch off-stage as an innocent aborigine, speaking to an unseen trio of ships full of convicts.  The scene changes when he enters and engages the vicar, Claire (the dynamic Julia McNeal) and…

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“End of the Rainbow”: Judy Dazzles Again, at Lesher Center, W.C.

“End of the Rainbow”: Judy Dazzles Again, at Lesher Center, W.C.

Janelle Lutz Sings the Highs, Lows of Judy Garland’s Life by Robert M. Gardner It is 1968 in a hotel room in London at the Ritz where Judy Garland (the spectacular Janelle Lutz) arrives with her fiancée Mickey Deans (the younger, suave Clinton Williams). Judy is playing a five week stand in a comeback tour at the Talk of the Town. Judy complains about the size of the room and the lack of alcohol. When Mickey Deans reminds Judy that…

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