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Author: Rosa del Duca

“Million Dollar Quartet” Lives Up to Its Name, at Center REP, Walnut Creek

“Million Dollar Quartet” Lives Up to Its Name, at Center REP, Walnut Creek

Escott & Mutrux Construct Riveting Musical Time Machine by Rosa del Duca The lights come up inside Sun Records, which used to be an auto body shop. The black and white checkered floor is worn and discolored in spots. An unassuming Christmas tree stands in the corner, draped with tinsel. Four microphones stand by a piano, an electric guitar and amp, a hollow-body jazz guitar, and full drum kit. Clocks and gold records gleam from above. Sun Records Founder Sam…

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“Teddy Bears’ Picnic” Wins Over Kids, Parents at Oakland Children’s Fairyland

“Teddy Bears’ Picnic” Wins Over Kids, Parents at Oakland Children’s Fairyland

Doyle Ott Takes Toddlers to the Moon and Back by Rosa del Duca “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” starts before you even reach the “theater,” as you follow a friendly bear strumming a ukulele through Oakland’s Fairyland, pausing to make sure no one gets lost. As you duck inside a cozy yurt, you see not one, but two friendly bears. Sister Bear is inside, stretching, balancing, trying to scratch her back. The kids settle down on round pillows on the floor, or…

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“Book of Mormon” Creates Perfect Storm at Broadway San Jose

“Book of Mormon” Creates Perfect Storm at Broadway San Jose

Parker, Lopez, Stone Deliver Missionary Musical Masterpiece by Rosa del Duca “The Book of Mormon” opens with the hit song “Hello,” in which one young man rings a doorbell, enthusiastically introduces himself, and offers a free copy of “the most amazing book.” Before long there is a cacophony of doorbells and the stage is full of beaming young men going door to door, reciting a cheery script, until Elder Cunningham (the fantastically funny Conner Peirson) ruins the groove, taking liberties…

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“Glass Menagerie” Breaks from Past, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

“Glass Menagerie” Breaks from Past, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

Tennessee Williams in Moving, Fragile Moments by Lisa Portes by Rosa del Duca “The Glass Menagerie” opens with Tom Wingfield’s short, poetic monologue, explaining that he is both the narrator and a character in the play. We are entering his memory of a particular time of strife in his family. At Cal Shakes, Tom (the fabulous, convincing Sean San Jose) delivers his monologue as the sun illuminates the East Bay hilltops behind him. His mother and sister sit still as…

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