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“Beautiful, The Carole King Musical” Transports Us, at San Jose Center

“Beautiful, The Carole King Musical” Transports Us, at San Jose Center

Sarah Bockel as Carole King Makes the Earth Move by Robert M. Gardner The latest version of “Beautiful—The Carole King Musical” features a fast pace and talented performers, especially the heartwarming Sarah Bockel as Carol King. Bockel does an excellent job portraying King from her teen aged years to her Carnegie Hall concert. With her powerful voice, Bockel’s songs sound amazingly like King’s originals. “Beautiful,” a must-see musical event, opened Tuesday at the San Jose Center for the Arts. Broadway…

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“Love Is a Dirty Word” Explores Identity, Rejection, at Z Space, S.F.

“Love Is a Dirty Word” Explores Identity, Rejection, at Z Space, S.F.

Giovanni Adams Performs Multiple Roles, Exquisitely by Tracy Held Potter “Love is a Dirty Word” is a personal and vibrant portrayal of the transformation of a young black boy from the South who matures into his identity as a queer black man. Giovanni Adams, the writer and actor of this solo performance piece, brings an interesting community of characters to the stage at Z Below Space in San Francisco. Facing continuous overt pressure to be someone he isn’t, Giovanni (Gio)…

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

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

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 mission. She…

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“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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