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“Urinetown” Offers Once-in-a-Lifetime Lift, at Berkeley Playhouse

“Urinetown” Offers Once-in-a-Lifetime Lift, at Berkeley Playhouse

Danny Cozart’s Musical Satire Shines with Young Stars by Sydney Roberts Imagine a world where water is in short supply, where environmental funding is cut, where the world is run by a tyrannical big-business tycoon, and where corrupt policemen unfairly target citizens. No, I’m not talking about the U.S., today, I’m talking about “Urinetown: The Musical,” a superb show at Berkeley Playhouse, directed by Danny Cozart. “Urinetown” is a smash hit with catchy musical numbers and an enchanting  cast. “Urinetown:…

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“Sisters Matsumoto” Evokes Haunting Past, Perilous Future, at Center Rep, Walnut Creek

“Sisters Matsumoto” Evokes Haunting Past, Perilous Future, at Center Rep, Walnut Creek

Philip Kan Gotanda Asks, “What Is an American?” by Sydney Roberts  “Sisters Matsumoto” by Philip Kan Gotanda tells a moving and heartwarming story that sheds light on the after effects of Japanese internment camps during World War II. Directed by Mina Morita, the play is set in 1945, and tells the story of three sisters who return to Stockton, California after spending two  years in a U.S. concentration camp in Arkansas. This year marks the 75th anniversary of FDR’s executive…

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“Grease”: Electrifying Ensemble, at CCMT, Walnut Creek

“Grease”: Electrifying Ensemble, at CCMT, Walnut Creek

Christina Lazo’s Musical Classic Delivers the Goods by Sydney Roberts The curtain is down at the Lesher Center of the Arts, and it reads “Rydell” in classic high school letterman font. It’s dress-up night for the opening performance of Contra Costa Musical Theatre’s “Grease.” I see women in poodle-skirts and keds, men dressed in full leather gear—and I am dressed up in pedal pushers and a red satin scarf. If you’re a fan of musicals, then you’re sure to know…

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“Eclipsed”: Captured Women Seek Path to Liberation, at Curran Theatre, S.F.

“Eclipsed”: Captured Women Seek Path to Liberation, at Curran Theatre, S.F.

Danai Gurira Shines Light on African Patriarchy by Sydney Roberts In dark political times, Danai Gurira’s  “Eclipsed,” a wartime herstory from Liberia about five women, brings to light to women’s indomitable resilience and sisterhood. During Women’s History Month, the elegantly restored Curran Theatre welcomes “Eclipsed,” directed by Leisl Tommy. Tommy directed the award-winning play by TV actress-turned-playwright Danai Gurira. Set in 2003, “Eclipsed” tells the story of five women living in war-torn Liberia, where thousands of Liberian women were taken…

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