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“The Lion in Winter” Finds Fun in Family Feud, at Custom Made Theater, S.F.

“The Lion in Winter” Finds Fun in Family Feud, at Custom Made Theater, S.F.

James Goldman Explores Medieval Madness  by John Chakan Every family has its ups and downs. “The Lion in Winter” will feel familiar to anyone who goes home for the holidays. But a lot more fun. King Henry, played with bluster and charm by Steven Westdahl, and Eleanor, an equally manipulative and formidable Cat Luedtke, banter, spar and scheme, using their children as pawns as they vie for power and their own legacies. As King of England in the 12th century,…

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“Silence! the Musical” Tastes Delicious, at Victoria Theatre, S.F.

“Silence! the Musical” Tastes Delicious, at Victoria Theatre, S.F.

Parody of Silence of the Lambs Gets Down and Dirty by John Chakan The success of a parody can often hinge on how well one knows the original work. And you will surely enjoy “Silence! The Musical,” if you are a big fan of the 1991 movie, Silence of the Lambs. However, even if you are not familiar with Agent Clarice Starling and Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lecter, you will have a great time with this wild “Unauthorized Parody,” now playing…

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“Peter and the Starcatcher” Takes Flight at Marin Onstage

“Peter and the Starcatcher” Takes Flight at Marin Onstage

Would You Like to Be a Kid Again? by John Chakan “Peter Pan” tells the story of a mischievous child who refuses to grow up. The tale is full of adventure, sword fights, and the ability to fly beyond the stars. Peter Pan is a free spirit, a romanticized ideal, who appeals to children longing to escape the restrictions of civilization and to adults who wish to recapture their youth. In Marin Onstage’s wonderful production of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” children and adults…

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John Chakan

John Chakan

John Chakan is a father, actor, and youth development professional. He is passionate about kids, theater, and sports–though not always in that order. After graduating from Stanford with a B.A. in Drama and Psychology, John spent twenty years running a children’s summer camp. He has acted in theaters large and small, with a particular passion for Shakespeare and improvisation. His most important role is as husband and father of three.