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“It’s Only a Play” Dazzles with Stage Scandals, at NCTC, S.F.

“It’s Only a Play” Dazzles with Stage Scandals, at NCTC, S.F.

Terrence McNally Whips Up a Golden Egg by Barry David Horwitz “It’s Only a Play” mixes all the jokes and clichés about theater we’ve ever heard. Like circling vultures, the playwright and cast await the Opening Night reviews of the play within the play, “The Golden Egg.” What a passel of funny and wonderfully egotistical theater folks! McNally gives us a satirical, ridiculous, and delightful peek behind the A-List. The actors, director, producer, and writer are all assembled in a…

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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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