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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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“Northanger Abbey” Highlights Subtle Progressive Messages, at The Pear, Mountain View

“Northanger Abbey” Highlights Subtle Progressive Messages, at The Pear, Mountain View

Millennial Notes  Diane Tasca’s Adaptation Shines in Key Moments  by Justin Lopez Imagine a dark stage with shadowy figures holding elaborate picture frames around their dimly lit faces. The obscure setting evokes a mysterious corner of an old castle. The veiled figures hurl warnings at a frightened young girl who is searching for clues to a murder. This emotional climax in Pear Theatre’s “Northanger Abbey,” adapted by Diane Tasca, has us on the edge of our seats, though it takes…

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“Kiss” Challenges Illusions & Delusions, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“Kiss” Challenges Illusions & Delusions, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Guillermo Calderón Expands Our Hearts and Minds by Kelsey Severson Guillermo Calderon’s “Kiss” speaks powerfully on our western ignorance about the Middle Eastern wars. Although ‘Kiss” begins with comic, melodramatic acting and a messy love triangle, Calderón is tackling our willful blindness about the lives of other people. “Kiss” breaks down barriers between the stage and daily life. We laugh out loud, sitting on the edge of our seats. The over-the-top emotions of purposely self-conscious actors push us…

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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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