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“Judy Moody and Stink, the Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt, at BACT, S.F.

“Judy Moody and Stink, the Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt, at BACT, S.F.

Khalia Davis Delights with Pirates, Treasure, Adventure Galore by Nicholas Leither Judy Moody had a dull summer.  Maybe it was because her parents couldn’t afford to send her to fantasy-everything camp or take her to Disneyland.  Maybe her parents worked too much.  Maybe she and her brother squandered it playing video games, watching Sponge Bob, eating candy.  We don’t know, but it doesn’t matter.  We’ve all had summers that could have been better. In fact, the highlight of Judy’s summer…

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“Beautiful Oops!” A Planned Accident for Kids at BACT, Berkeley

“Beautiful Oops!” A Planned Accident for Kids at BACT, Berkeley

Austin Zumbro, Andrew Mondello Rock the Show by Nicholas Leither If art is a stuffy, elitist activity that costs a lot of money and produces a lot of sneers, you wouldn’t know it watching Bay Area Children’s Theater’s new musical “Beautiful Oops!” based on the popular children’s book by Barney Saltzberg.  In “Oops!” art becomes the product of accidents—a torn page, spilled paint, a disastrous attempt at sculpture, and even the theatrical production, itself. While the book pages you through…

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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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