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“Sunday in the Park with George” Glitters, at S.F. Playhouse

“Sunday in the Park with George” Glitters, at S.F. Playhouse

Millennial Notes Sondheim, Lapine Playfully Pick Artist’s Brain by Tyler Jeffreys S.F. Playhouse’s “Sunday in the Park with George” takes a charming, colorful perspective on making art yesterday and today. My favorite number, “It’s Hot Up Here,” features every figure in George Seurat’s famous painting of Parisian workers relaxing on a Sunday afternoon.  They stand eerily still, complaining about living in their 2-D painting prison. This witty musical about an artist’s life unfolds like a brilliant cartoon fable. Secretive artist…

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“Seeing Red” Brings Cheers, Shouts, at S.F. Mime Troupe

“Seeing Red” Brings Cheers, Shouts, at S.F. Mime Troupe

Millennial Notes  Agbabiaka, Holden Find Socialism in Trumpland by Evelyn Arevalo The San Francisco Mime Troupe kicks off its 59th season with a comic  musical, “Seeing Red,” in the midst of an enthusiastic Opening Day audience. A hand-crafted wooden stage, smack dab in the middle of Dolores Park, sports picket signs announcing: “Build that Wall!” and a caricature of Donald Trump. We are visiting Ruby’s Bar, along with the regulars in a small Ohio town. We are invited in, to…

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“Soft Power” Musical Brings Hard Laughs, at The Curran, S.F.

“Soft Power” Musical Brings Hard Laughs, at The Curran, S.F.

Hwang/Tesori Challenge East/West Diplomacy  by Susan Dunn The Opening Night audience went wild at The Curran! “Soft Power,” a  new play within a musical, on its world premiere tour, with a first rate almost all Asian cast, delivers a hilarious and emotionally compelling show. Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang, replays recent political history and the “America First” movement. Hwang and composer Jeanine Tesori examine the U.S. power grab versus isolationism, mirroring a democracy that is failing us. The show…

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“A Walk on the Moon” Rocks the Crowd, at ACT, S.F.

“A Walk on the Moon” Rocks the Crowd, at ACT, S.F.

Pamela Gray Pens Summer of ’69 Musical by Robert M. Gardner  Sex, drugs, and rock and roll rule Pamela Gray’s bold new musical “A Walk on the Moon.” Premiering at ACT, based on her 1999 movie and book, Gray has turned her 1969 retrospective into a high energy musical, featuring fabulous singers and actors. Infidelity, teen age angst, and suburban tedium erupt into a cataclysm of emotions in the idyllic Catskill Mountains. ACT audiences are blessed to be the first…

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