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“Ragtime,” the Musical, Stuns and Wows, at Berkeley Playhouse

“Ragtime,” the Musical, Stuns and Wows, at Berkeley Playhouse

Terrence McNally’s Jazz Age Portrait Perfect for Now! by Cindi Stephan A stellar cast performs a magnificent Tony Award winning musical at just the right time. As the U.S. nears a breaking point, Berkeley Playhouse’s “Ragtime” shows Americans working against inequality and injustice. Musical movements and social change go hand in hand, and the 20s Ragtime Era explodes onstage with race, class and gender struggles, “giving the nation / a new syncopation.” The full title tells the tale: “Ragtime, the…

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“The Secret in the Wings” Spins a Magical Tale, at CCCT, El Cerrito

“The Secret in the Wings” Spins a Magical Tale, at CCCT, El Cerrito

Mary Zimmerman’s Fairy Tale Tapestry Weaves Light and Dark by John Chakan Once upon a time… We all remember sitting under the covers, listening to Mom or Dad or Great Uncle Harry read us a bedtime story. As a child, I used to put myself into the fairy tales: fighting the giant, outsmarting the witch, and always, always living happily ever after. We can do it again with Mary Zimmerman’s “The Secret in the Wings” at Contra Costa Civic Theatre….

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“Beautiful Oops!” A Planned Accident for Kids at BACT, Berkeley

“Beautiful Oops!” A Planned Accident for Kids at BACT, Berkeley

Austin Zumbro, Andrew Mondello Rock the Show by Nicholas Leither If art is a stuffy, elitist activity that costs a lot of money and produces a lot of sneers, you wouldn’t know it watching Bay Area Children’s Theater’s new musical “Beautiful Oops!” based on the popular children’s book by Barney Saltzberg.  In “Oops!” art becomes the product of accidents—a torn page, spilled paint, a disastrous attempt at sculpture, and even the theatrical production, itself. While the book pages you through…

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

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

Millennial Notes 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…

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