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“Saturday Night” Romances with Charm, at 42nd Street Moon, S.F.

“Saturday Night” Romances with Charm, at 42nd Street Moon, S.F.

Millennial Notes Stephen Sondheim’s Love Story Makes Us Swoon by Maggie Lohmeyer It happens to us all. What are we going to do this weekend? Who’s free? What movie do we go to? Who’s picking up the tab? In the 1955 musical “Saturday Night,” Stephen Sondheim tackles the awkwardness of dating in Brooklyn in 1929, on the edge of the Great Depression. We follow a dashing group of working-class young men. Ted (quirky Jesse Cortez), Artie (comical Mike Birr), Ray…

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“Crystal” Cracks Barriers, at SAP Center, San Jose

“Crystal” Cracks Barriers, at SAP Center, San Jose

Millennial Notes Cirque Du Soleil Conjures  a Circus Musical by Tyler Jeffreys and Evelyn Arevalo Cirque Du Soleil’s “Crystal”–a magical circus on ice–branches out into a cool realm of music and light displays. “Crystal” breaks through Cirque du Soleil thrills into a spectacular circus world. This old-fashioned circus promises nostalgia, re-fashioned for the ice–an old mystery, frozen and new. “Crystal” focuses on synchronized skating and dancing, worthy of Olympic medals. “Crystal” offers  visually stunning sets with minimal props, concentrating on…

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“Iron Shoes” Weighs Us Down to Lift Us Up, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“Iron Shoes” Weighs Us Down to Lift Us Up, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Kutulas, Carter, Shuch Reimagine Outdated Fairy Tales by Michael V. Rodriguez The heroines of “Iron Shoes” emerge from the sexist shackles of Russian and Romanian folk tales: “Finst the Falcon,” “The Enchanted Pig,” and “The Armless Maiden.” In these traditional tales, each maiden angers a patriarch and is forced to wear out a pair of iron shoes. To the delight of feminist fairy tale enthusiasts, “Iron Shoes” creates a new world where the heroines reject the sexist fate…

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“The Effect”—A Litmus Test for Love, at S.F. Playhouse

“The Effect”—A Litmus Test for Love, at S.F. Playhouse

Millennial Notes Lucy Prebble Exposes Scientific Fallacies by Tyler Jeffreys At S.F. Playhouse, the West Coast premiere of Lucy Prebble’s “The Effect” artfully explores the mysteries of love–with spectacular  staging by Director Bill English. Prebble sets up an experiment using a hormone to fight depression— but does the hormone also make love blossom? “The Effect” thrives on Nina Ball’s set design and Brooke Jennings’ costumes. Ball and Jennings join forces to create an eerie sci-fi wonderland. The angular room boasts…

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