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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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“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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