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“Castle Happy” Recreates Hollywood Party, at Altarena Playhouse, Alameda

“Castle Happy” Recreates Hollywood Party, at Altarena Playhouse, Alameda

Dunn & Freed Score Scandalous Musical Intrigue by Robert M. Gardner “Castle Happy” provides us with many happy moments as we meet William Randolph Hearst (skilled Leland Morine) whose excellent baritone brings power and gravitas to Hearst’s character. He is paired with the wonderful Cindy Head, who plays Hearst’s mistress, the vivacious Marion Davies. The beautiful 1930s costumes showcase the exquisite sense of style of  Director Clay David, who is also the Costume Designer. The set is bare, with only…

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“La Cage aux Folles”: Sassy Songbirds Singing, at S.F. Playhouse

“La Cage aux Folles”: Sassy Songbirds Singing, at S.F. Playhouse

Millennial Notes Fierstein & Herman’s Drag Queens Conquer Conformity by Tyler Jeffreys At S.F. Playhouse’s “La Cage aux Folles,” the curtains, stage, and the audience are bathed in a fuchsia tint. Georges and Albin’s living room features a peacock palette—with teal, purple, and gold trimmings. And Director Bill English teases us with creative wallpaper that adds to the story. In “Cage,” the blue-green wallpaper is adorned with gold French lilies, hinting at French aristocrats and revolution. “La Cage aux Folles”…

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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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“A Life on the Ocean Wave” Whips Up a Storm, at Exit Theatre, S.F.

“A Life on the Ocean Wave” Whips Up a Storm, at Exit Theatre, S.F.

Stuart Bousel Serenades Ghosts, Sirens, and Sailors by Robert M. Gardner Lovers of the sea and the stories that surround it will enjoy careening across the stage (err…waves) with this rollicking production of “A Life on the Ocean Wave.” Greeted by Shantywoman (boisterous Christina Augell), the audience is soon singing the age-old question “What Do We Do with the Drunken Sailor?” By the way, “A Life” has a rollicking sub-title: “Being a Merrie Evening of Genuine Sea Chanty Sing-Along and…

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