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Author: Rosa del Duca

“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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“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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