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“Cavalleria Rusticana” & “Pagliacci”—Stellar Singing and Acting from S.F. Opera

“Cavalleria Rusticana” & “Pagliacci”—Stellar Singing and Acting from S.F. Opera

Director Jose Maria Condemi’s Chivalrous Rustics & Sad Clowns Come Alive by Pamela Feinsilber It’s not often that San Francisco audiences are offered the most popular “double bill” in opera: “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni and “Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo. While these one-act operas are sometimes presented separately, they’ve been together since both composers (Leoncavallo wrote his libretto, as well) entered a new-talent competition in Rome in 1890. Now there’s a fine new production of “Cav/Pag,” in the aficionados’ shorthand,…

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“Cat in the Hat”— An English/Spanish Riot, at BACT, Berkeley

“Cat in the Hat”— An English/Spanish Riot, at BACT, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Karina Gutierrez Mixes Magic & Mayhem, Perfectly by Rosa del Duca The first page of Dr. Suess’s “Cat in the Hat” springs  to life in  the opening scene of Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s  bilingual  “El Gato Ensombrerado.” There’s that window, in signature Dr. Seuss style, where Sally (mischievous, high-energy Carolina Morones) and The Boy (endearing, energetic Daniel Quezada) sit  glumly, staring out at the rain. And then, in a set transformation that evokes a cinematic zoom, we are…

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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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“A Doll’s House, Part 2” Redefines Marriage, at Berkeley Rep

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” Redefines Marriage, at Berkeley Rep

Lucas Hnath Updates, Invigorates Ibsen Classic by Barry David Horwitz When in the history of plays has a young writer taken on a hundred plus years old classic and written a “Part 2”? The audacity of Lucas Hnath’s undertaking is only outweighed by his stellar, modern take in “A Doll’s House, Part 2.”  Norwegian Henrik Ibsen must be applauding from Playwright Heaven. When the issue of whether Nora and Torvald are legally divorced comes up, we are challenged again on…

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