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Author: Rosa del Duca

“Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” Spellbinds Toddlers at BACT, Berkeley

“Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” Spellbinds Toddlers at BACT, Berkeley

Austin Zumbro’s Wacky Musical Activates Imaginations by Rosa del Duca My 18-month-old daughter is obsessed with trucks, especially garbage trucks. She hears them from blocks away, runs to the window, points and shouts “truck!” and then gets quite upset when they roar past. There was no question in my mind she would like the latest musical from Bay Area Children’s Theater, which is hosting “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” in its new, permanent home in downtown Berkeley. From the moment the…

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“Altar Boyz” Sparkles with Comedy at CenterRep, Walnut Creek

“Altar Boyz” Sparkles with Comedy at CenterRep, Walnut Creek

God Demands a Boy Band, Hilarity Ensues by Rosa del Duca Let me give you the backstory of the 2004 award-winning musical “Altar Boyz”: a Christian boy band is performing its last concert on a national tour. Matt, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham blast onto the stage in true boy band fashion, sporting gleaming white costumes emblazoned with silver sparkles. The Boyz dance tightly choreographed moves, and belt their theme song, proclaiming: “We are the Altar Boyz, and we’ll alter…

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“The Bodyguard” Captures Sustaining Note, at Broadway San Jose

“The Bodyguard” Captures Sustaining Note, at Broadway San Jose

Deborah Cox Steals the Show as Rachel Marron by Rosa del Duca “The Bodyguard” begins with a literal bang that will send your heart straight into your mouth. And then, as your heart settles back to its proper place, it will quickly be won over by Rachel Marron (Deborah Cox), who sings like an angel, a diva, a gift. The audience hangs on every note, whether Cox is going through a whirlwind of choreography while belting out a Whitney Houston…

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“The Lost Years” Delivers Laughs at Contra Costa Civic Theatre

“The Lost Years” Delivers Laughs at Contra Costa Civic Theatre

Cynthia Wands Reaches for Wit and Whimsy by Rosa del Duca At the center of “The Lost Years” are secrets. The first is that teacher and poet Humphrey Bludgepot (a peppy Ben Knoll) is not exactly who he says he is. In short, he is a hack, who grossly inflates his qualifications, and who just might be the worst poet you’ve ever heard. The play opens as Mr. Bludgepot is trying to regain his footing after a night of fever…

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