Browsed by
Tag: music

“Detroit ‘67” Depicts Days of Fear & Rebellion, at Aurora, Berkeley

“Detroit ‘67” Depicts Days of Fear & Rebellion, at Aurora, Berkeley

Dominique Morisseau Aims for Motown Glory by Barry David Horwitz In Detroit in the long hot summer of 1967, the political winds are burning hot—under Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the anti-Vietnam war protests. Police brutality against African Americans in the big cities is boiling up and the lid is about to blow off. The season of political uprisings is raging, already, leading up to the Anti-War demonstrations in Chicago in 1968, at the Democratic Convention….

Read More Read More

“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…

Read More Read More

“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…

Read More Read More

“Washed Up on the Potomac” Liberates Mad Men, at S.F. Playhouse

“Washed Up on the Potomac” Liberates Mad Men, at S.F. Playhouse

Lynn Rosen Pits Freaks against Geeks by Barry David Horwitz What motivates a proofreader in a sweltering ad agency to huddle in a parka at her desk and shun her fellow workers? It’s the classic story of a nerdy receptionist who lives with her domineering mother and fears any contact. Incapacitated, she comically shuttles between desk and home, peeping out in fear. In “Washed Up on the Potomac” playwright Lynn Rosen presents the humble, quiet worker, Sherri, played with delicious…

Read More Read More