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“Dȇmos Krátos Theátro” Inspires Laughs & Voting, at PianoFight, S.F.

“Dȇmos Krátos Theátro” Inspires Laughs & Voting, at PianoFight, S.F.

Maryssa Wanlass Activates Citizen Engagement by Jennifer Ann Charron Utopia Theatre Project kicks off their second season with “Dȇmos Krátos Theátro: Plays by and for the People” rich with in-your-face satire and poignant musical comedy. Three incisive short plays by local writers condemn voter apathy, gin up voters, and parade the terrors of non-voting. Artistic Director Maryssa Wanlass transforms modern vaudeville into a spectacle promoting fresh political engagement. Like a late night TV host, Wanlass comes and goes. She interjects…

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“Mamma Mia!” I think I’ll go AGAIN! to Center REP, Walnut Creek

“Mamma Mia!” I think I’ll go AGAIN! to Center REP, Walnut Creek

Millennial Notes Director Marc Jacobs Gives Us an Idyllic Summer of Love  by Carly Van Liere In our constant assault of breaking news and conflict around every corner, we need some time off to remember fun in the sun. Well, we found it at Center REP.  “Mamma Mia!” gives us love, friendship, spectacular visual aesthetics, and blissfully nostalgic ABBA tunes. The story revolves around twenty-year-old Sophie (radiant Giana Gambardella), who aims to invite her biological father to her wedding. But…

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“Mahabharat”—Heroic Immersion, at Naatak, Palo Alto

“Mahabharat”—Heroic Immersion, at Naatak, Palo Alto

Sujit Saraf Spins Complex Epic in Drama, Music, Dance by Susan Dunn It’s like swallowing a whale. That’s what it has meant to the plucky and talented all-volunteer team producing an adaptation of the Mahabharata, the world’s longest epic poem, now on stage at the Cubberley Theater in Palo Alto. The new musical is Naatak Indian Theater’s most ambitious project yet. Onstage, the colors are mesmerizing, dancers in three classical styles are enchanting, the singing is clear and penetrating, and…

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“Hunchback of Notre of Dame” Dazzles, Delights, at Bay Area Musicals

“Hunchback of Notre of Dame” Dazzles, Delights, at Bay Area Musicals

Millennial Notes Matthew McCoy Elevates Disney Favorite by Evelyn Arevalo Director and Choreographer Matthew McCoy brings thrills to Victor Hugo’s gothic tale The Hunchback of Notre of Dame in this vibrant adaptation of the Disney movie. If you see one musical this year, see “Hunchback” by Bay Area Musicals. McCoy’s production presents an hypnotic kaleidoscope of colors, dances, and angelic choruses—leaving us singing and tearful. It’s 1482, Paris, and the chimes of Notre Dame usher us into the solitary world…

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