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“Old MacDonald” Charms Kids, at Bay Area Children’s Theatre

“Old MacDonald” Charms Kids, at Bay Area Children’s Theatre

Nina Meehan, Simon Trumble Entice Toddlers’ Imaginations by Rosa del Duca It’s Duck’s birthday and he couldn’t be more excited—until he learns that several good friends cannot make it to his party. Seagull, Pigeon, and Parrot send letters to the farm, informing Duck that, unfortunately, they are not able to make the trip. Old MacDonald (engaging and disarming Jackie Kappes) sees how disappointed Duck (talented and multi-faceted Paul Wong) is, and decides to go on a secret birthday mission. She…

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“Willy Wonka”—Eccentric as Ever, at BACT, Berkeley

“Willy Wonka”—Eccentric as Ever, at BACT, Berkeley

Michael Mohammed Blends Old & New in Chocolate Factory by Rosa del Duca Willy Wonka is getting old and she needs an heir. That’s right. She. “Willy” (intense and mysterious Mary Gibboney) is female in this production of Roald Dahl’s classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and is usually referred to as “Madam Wonka.” In hopes of finding this heir, she hides five golden tickets in her marvelous chocolate bars, which she sells all over the world. The five lucky…

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“Play!” Makes Kids Happy at BACT, Berkeley

“Play!” Makes Kids Happy at BACT, Berkeley

Bay Area Children’s Theatre Opens Unique Toddler “Class” by Rosa del Duca I walked into a Bay Area Children’s Theatre session with my daughter Itasca on my hip this past Tuesday and breathed a sigh of relief. In front of us was an enormous room, set up with stations and play areas designed to entice even the most clingy, reserved two-year-old. These days it’s always, “Mommy pick you up!”  At 24 weeks pregnant, I’d rather hear just about any other…

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“Measure for Measure”: A Stylish Sting Operation, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

“Measure for Measure”: A Stylish Sting Operation, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

Millennial Notes Shakespeare’s Spotlight Shines on Washington by Rosa del Duca and Nicholas Leither At the heart of Shakespeare’s dark comedy “Measure for Measure” lies the abuse of power and the question of virtue. It is impossible to watch this 400-year old play performed with skill and passion at Cal Shakes, and not think of the current President of the United States. The parallel does not stem from the female-heavy casting choices, the eclectic costumes, or the magnificent set, but…

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