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“A Night with Janis Joplin” Transports Audiences, at A.C.T., San Francisco

“A Night with Janis Joplin” Transports Audiences, at A.C.T., San Francisco

Kacee Clanton Channels Folk Rock Icon with Conviction and Command                                       by Rosa del Duca “A Night with Janis Joplin” is billed as a musical journey celebrating the soulful singer and her greatest musical influences. It is much more. It’s an invitation to meet Janis long before she became known for that unmistakable voice, and to follow her as she evolves into a…

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“The Winter’s Tale” Twists & Turns, at African-American Shakespeare Company, S.F.

“The Winter’s Tale” Twists & Turns, at African-American Shakespeare Company, S.F.

Shakespeare Contemplates Second Chances by Irene Nelson An angry man puts his wife on trial, convinced she is pregnant by his best friend. The man is a king, adultery means treason. His wife forthrightly proclaims her honesty and virtue. The man writhes in his chair as he listens to her, seething, tortured, he embodies restrained fury. He seems to believe her for a moment, but then his certainty of her betrayal floods back. Eric Reid as Leontes twisting in that…

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“Toxic Avenger” Splits Our Guts, at The Stage, San Jose

“Toxic Avenger” Splits Our Guts, at The Stage, San Jose

DiPietro & Bryan Create a Cult for Climate Change by Tyler Jeffreys “The Toxic Avenger” musical centers around Melvin Ferd III (Will Springhorn, Jr.) who is thrown into a vat of radioactive nuclear waste, because he stands up to Tromaville’s corrupt Mayor Babs Belgoody (Allison F. Rich). The Mayor wants to make a profit off of the most polluted town in New Jersey.  Remind you of anyone? Melvin emerges from the glowing goo as the super strong Toxic Avenger. He…

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“The Soiled Dove” Flies from Barbary Coast to Big Top, in Alameda

“The Soiled Dove” Flies from Barbary Coast to Big Top, in Alameda

Vau de Vire Burlesque Adds Circus to Dinner Theater by Irene Nelson Lightly clad in bright turquoise, including the feathers in her hair, eka.boo.button (aka Eka Malboeuf) carries a whiskey jug from which she has clearly imbibed too much. Rejecting the warnings of friends, she jumps on a rope which rises high into the air. She begins her acrobatics, lurching gracefully and nearly falling, repeatedly. I love a good fake-drunk aerialist act, so I adore Eka. At “The Soiled Dove,”…

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