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“Ageless” Rethinks Growing Old, at Quantum Dragon, S.F.

“Ageless” Rethinks Growing Old, at Quantum Dragon, S.F.

Millennial Notes Bridgette Dutta Portman’s Sci-Fi Pleasures Leap to Life by Gilad Barach To put it simply, “Ageless, or the Revolt of the Flesh” is entertaining! Isn’t that the true goal of every performance? Jess McGovern’s charmingly simple futuristic costume designs and Miles Callan’s ingenious gadgets provide enough to make us smile. But, the cast and team go beyond mere satisfaction. “Ageless” provokes us to think. Daring director Katja Rivera beautifully fills scenes with layers of narratives, interrupting dialogues with…

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“Elephant & Piggie”: Hit Musical at Bay Area Children’s Theatre

“Elephant & Piggie”: Hit Musical at Bay Area Children’s Theatre

Millennial Notes Mo Willems, Hannah Dworkin Craft Wonderful Ode to Friendship by Rosa del Duca Gerald the Elephant and Piggie are best friends. I mean best, best friends, so devoted that they argue when each wants to declare the other “the best at being friends.” When Piggie declares she “Needs to go,” Gerald launches into a dramatic ballad of despair, with extra refrains every time Piggie insists, “No, I really do need to go!” Turns out she just needs to…

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“Shakespeare in Love” Revels in Backstage Shenanigans, at Marin Theatre Company

“Shakespeare in Love” Revels in Backstage Shenanigans, at Marin Theatre Company

Will’s Charismatic Crew Leaps from Screen to Stage by Barry David Horwitz Marin Theatre Company has crafted a whirligig of theater, holding our attention with a kaleidoscope of color, song, and favorite lines from Shakespeare—as the poet struggles to write them. In “Shakespeare in Love,” Scenic Designer Kat Conley has lovingly created the metal scaffolding, wooden props, a piano, some drums, and a mandolin to evoke backstage at an Elizabethan theater. Forget the movie, this is theater the way Will…

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“Bright Star” Shoots for the Moon, at Curran, S.F.

“Bright Star” Shoots for the Moon, at Curran, S.F.

Millennial Notes Martin and Brickell Blend Banjos and Blessings by Tyler Jeffreys “Bright Star” celebrates U.S. pride in Deep South music and culture. The Tony-nominated musical, now at The Curran Theater, showcases Steve Martin’s playful comedic style with dynamic dialogue and love for the banjo. In this musical, the book outshines the music. The show begins with the whole company singing “If You Knew My Story.” Each character, intent on following her or his own bright star, seeks light in…

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