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“Quixote Nuevo” Attacks La Frontera, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

“Quixote Nuevo” Attacks La Frontera, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

Millennial Notes Octavio Solis Gives Quixote Purpose by Michael V. Rodriguez Playwright Octavio Solis has rejuvenated Don Quixote. Emilio Delgado plays Quixote as the classic knight errant we want to believe in. But where Quixote of the past has given in, “Quixote Nuevo” stands strong. He clings to his convictions till the end, wildly swinging his sword at the giant border wall separating him from the beauteous Dulcinea. As the sun sets at Cal Shakes, Dulcinea becomes a living idol,…

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“Man of La Mancha” Shines Amidst Challenges, at Custom Made, S.F.

“Man of La Mancha” Shines Amidst Challenges, at Custom Made, S.F.

Millennial Notes Katz and Dietrich Deliver Hope in Quixotic Musical by Michael Jeong A greying man with a silvery vest, like armor worn by knights of old, gazes into the distance. He sings wistfully about his “Impossible Dream” to “fight the unbeatable foe” and “reach the unreachable star” in an unforgiving world, surprisingly tender for an old guy wearing a basket for a helmet. Vain hope dominates “Man of La Mancha” at Custom Made Theatre, in at their cosy, intimate…

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“Man of La Mancha” Gives Dreamers Hope, at Custom Made, S.F.

“Man of La Mancha” Gives Dreamers Hope, at Custom Made, S.F.

Katz and Dietrich Deliver a Timely & Rousing Musical by Robert M. Gardner In the opening scene of “Man of La Mancha,” Miguel de Cervantes (striking Edward Hightower) transforms himself onstage from the aristocratic writer to the woeful Don Quixote in dress and manner. He quickly musses up his hair, and adds age lines, bushy eyebrows, and beard.  While his creation, Don Quixote, wears medieval faux armor and fake sword, the rest of the cast appear in modern dress, bridging…

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