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“Man of La Mancha” Gives Dreamers Hope, at Custom Made, S.F.

“Man of La Mancha” Gives Dreamers Hope, at Custom Made, S.F.

Katz and Dietrich Deliver a Timely & Rousing Musical by Robert M. Gardner In the opening scene of “Man of La Mancha,” Miguel de Cervantes (striking Edward Hightower) transforms himself onstage from the aristocratic writer to the woeful Don Quixote in dress and manner. He quickly musses up his hair, and adds age lines, bushy eyebrows, and beard.  While his creation, Don Quixote, wears medieval faux armor and fake sword, the rest of the cast appear in modern dress, bridging…

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“Beautiful, The Carole King Musical” Transports Us, at San Jose Center

“Beautiful, The Carole King Musical” Transports Us, at San Jose Center

Sarah Bockel as Carole King Makes the Earth Move by Robert M. Gardner The latest version of “Beautiful—The Carole King Musical” features a fast pace and talented performers, especially the heartwarming Sarah Bockel as Carol King. Bockel does an excellent job portraying King from her teen aged years to her Carnegie Hall concert. With her powerful voice, Bockel’s songs sound amazingly like King’s originals. “Beautiful,” a must-see musical event, opened Tuesday at the San Jose Center for the Arts. Broadway…

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“The Liar” Delights, at Center Rep, Walnut Creek

“The Liar” Delights, at Center Rep, Walnut Creek

David Ives’ Modernized Corneille Classic Rings True by Robert M. Gardner “The Liar” is a hoot!  This is a very good comedy that delights on many levels. The Lesher Center has scored another hit with a brilliant cast under the skillful guidance of Director Michael Butler. The liar is Dorante (irrepressible Jeremy Kahn), an incorrigible, mendacious Cavalier, newly arrived in Paris.  The liar hires the always truthful Cliton (exuberant Joseph Patrick O’Malley) as his servant who quickly becomes his confidant…

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“The Song of the Nightingale” Takes Flight, at Town Hall, Lafayette

“The Song of the Nightingale” Takes Flight, at Town Hall, Lafayette

Min Kahng Puts Modern Twist on Classic Fairy Tale by Robert M. Gardner Set in Ancient China but with its feet firmly planted in the present, Min Kahng’s musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Nightingale” takes wing at Town Hall Theatre. Kahng’s infectious music harmonizes perfectly with the exuberant cast, making a light and carefree musical mood. Kids and their parents will be enthralled by the brilliant designs and the fast pace. Town Hall Theatre brings…

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