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“Crystal” Cracks Barriers, at SAP Center, San Jose

“Crystal” Cracks Barriers, at SAP Center, San Jose

Millennial Notes Cirque Du Soleil Conjures  a Circus Musical by Tyler Jeffreys and Evelyn Arevalo Cirque Du Soleil’s “Crystal”–a magical circus on ice–branches out into a cool realm of music and light displays. “Crystal” breaks through Cirque du Soleil thrills into a spectacular circus world. This old-fashioned circus promises nostalgia, re-fashioned for the ice–an old mystery, frozen and new. “Crystal” focuses on synchronized skating and dancing, worthy of Olympic medals. “Crystal” offers  visually stunning sets with minimal props, concentrating on…

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“Red Speedo” Exposes Our Competitive Madness, at Center REP, Walnut Creek

“Red Speedo” Exposes Our Competitive Madness, at Center REP, Walnut Creek

Lucas Hnath’s Dramedy Scales Shakespearean Heights by Barry David Horwitz “This is a man …” says the anxious man in suit and tie, pacing poolside, and pointing at a blond, muscled swimmer in a red Speedo, who is hunched over and depressed. We are looking at a vast and shabby indoor pool. The stage features an actual swimming lane of that pool, full of chlorinated water–with red, white, and blue plastic floaters. You can’t ask for a funnier or more…

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