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“The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show”: A Puppet Transformation, at Bay Area Children’s Theatre

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show”: A Puppet Transformation, at Bay Area Children’s Theatre

Eric Carle, Simon Trumble Ask, “Still Hungry?” by Nicholas Leither The set is white paper mache.  A few books sit center stage.  Brianna Grey Rodriguez, dressed in white overalls, picks up one of the books and opens it.  And then we enter the magical and colorful world of Eric Carle—brought to life by four energetic and compelling young actors, directed by Simon Trumble at the Bay Area Children’s Theatre in Berkeley. As the father of a toddler, I’ve been to…

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“As You Like It”: Double Meaning Under the Stars, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

“As You Like It”: Double Meaning Under the Stars, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

Millennial Notes Jessika D. Williams Commands as Rosalind by Nicholas Leither The Bruns Amphitheate in the Orinda hills offers a singular charm to every performance. Here, you sit outside as the sun sets, burnishing the hills in gloaming light.  The air transforms from warm to chill, while birds—even the occasional bat—swoop behind the set.  What better place to stage Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” set mostly outside in a forest? And yet, in Cal Shakes new interpretation, the enchanting Forest…

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Nicholas Leither

Nicholas Leither

Nicholas Leither lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and teaches writing at Santa Clara University. His books include “Dubliners: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction” and “Slant: Writing Essays You Want to Read.” His fiction has appeared in Boulevard and The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review. In his spare time, he builds rustic, bentwood furniture, which has shown in galleries from Minnesota to San Francisco.www.NicholasLeither.com