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“Ragtime,” the Musical, Stuns and Wows, at Berkeley Playhouse

“Ragtime,” the Musical, Stuns and Wows, at Berkeley Playhouse

Terrence McNally’s Jazz Age Portrait Perfect for Now! by Cindi Stephan A stellar cast performs a magnificent Tony Award winning musical at just the right time. As the U.S. nears a breaking point, Berkeley Playhouse’s “Ragtime” shows Americans working against inequality and injustice. Musical movements and social change go hand in hand, and the 20s Ragtime Era explodes onstage with race, class and gender struggles, “giving the nation / a new syncopation.” The full title tells the tale: “Ragtime, the…

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