Tuesday, April 22, 2014

City votes for task force to study building new Sacramento performing arts venue by Hudson Sangree

City decides to examine plans for a new performing arts venue to replace the aging Community Center Theater The Sacramento Ballet's "The Nutcracker" performance at the Community Center …

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Theater: ‘Sactown Tonight!’ this week at B Street by Marcus Crowder

B Street Theatre actor Dave Pierini has put together a late-night talk show-formatted evening, which “airs” live this week at the theater’s Mainstage. Dave Pierini…

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Capital Stage announces choices for 2014-15 season by Marcus Crowder

The six-play schedule opens in September with Nina Raines’ highly acclaimed “Tribes.” Jonathan Williams, producing artistic director of Capital Stage, selected the…

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sacramento Live: Familiar actors on other stages by Marcus Crowder

B Street’s Michael Stevenson stars in ‘Wittenberg’ in Berkeley. Big Idea Theatre’s “Inventing Van Gogh” stars, from left, Brian Watson, Ed Gyles, Br…

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Theater review: ‘Sister Act’ a musical caper with sass by Marcus Crowder

On the way to the average, uninspired, hit movie-based Broadway musical, a witty, irreverent and completely fun entertainment emerged in ‘Sister Act.’ “Sister Act&…

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

‘Jersey Boys,’ ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘Dreamcoat’ part of Broadway Sacramento’s upcoming season by Marcus Crowder

California Musical Theatre’s Richard Lewis isn’t taking any chances with the production pipeline that brings professional musical theater touring shows to town. Josef Bro…

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Theater review: STC’s ‘Visiting Mr. Green’ a familiar experience by Marcus Crowder

If you go to Sacramento Theatre Company’s “Visiting Mr. Green” and feel like you’ve seen it before, you’re probably remembering other recent plays there. …

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Theater: California Stage births ‘The Vanishing Point’ by Marcus Crowder

California Stage, under the leadership of producing artistic director Ray Tatar, has consistently embraced new works. “Vanishing Point” is set in post-Katrina Louisiana and dea…

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sacramento Live: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ in Folsom by Marcus Crowder

The Bee's Marcus Crowder suggests performances worth seeing. John Sanders, right, is villainous in “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Theater review: B Street’s ‘Sherlock’ solves mystery of entertaining kids by Marcus Crowder

As a childhood aficionado of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, I have always had great affection for the famously eccentric character and good mystery stories as well. J…

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Don Knotts' daughter pays tribute to him on stage by Carla Meyer

One-woman show ‘Tied Up in Knotts’ incorporates show business, family stories Karen Knotts appears on dad Don Knotts’ short-lived TV variety show in 1971. The elder Kn…

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Theater Review: Inter-generational drama “4000 Miles” worth the trip by Marcus Crowder

There’s nothing quite like an emergency to stimulate the senses and test one’s poise. Teddy Spencer is Leo and Dee Maaske is Vera in Capital Stage’s “4000 …

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Theater: Longevity has taken Dee Maaske many places by Marcus Crowder

Dee Maaske has the skills to comfortably slip into the intricately layered Vera Joseph in “4000 Miles.” Teddy Spencer and Dee Maaske rehearse for “4000 Miles,” …

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dance great Savion Glover honors tap dance history at Gallo Center

Tony-winning dancer, choreographer and actor Savion Glover brings his “STePz” show to the Gallo Center for the Arts March 15. The acclaimed tap dancer speaks with The Bee about hon…

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Friday, March 7, 2014

‘Bring It On: The Musical’ comes to Folsom by Sammy Caiola

The Tony award-nominated “Bring It On: The Musical” had a five-month run on Broadway before it closed in December 2012, and the touring cast started cheering its way throughout the…

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sacramento Live: Woodland Opera House rolls out ‘Bed’ by Marcus Crowder

The Bee's Marcus Crowder suggests performances worth seeing. “Second-Best Bed” is being staged through March 30 at the Woodland Opera House. It stars, from left, Dan Satt…

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Cover story: ‘Bring It On: The Musical’ comes to Folsom by Sammy Caiola

‘Bring it On: The Musical’ vaults onto Harris Center stage. Nadia Vynnytsky, center left, and Zuri Washington, center right, combine forces to create a cheerleading team …

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Theater review: Much right in ‘Wrong for Each Other’ by Marcus Crowder

Clever comedy is a pleasing fit for the intimacy of B Street Theatre. Kurt Johnson and Melinda Parrett star in the B Street Theatre comedy “Wrong For Each Other.”

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Theater review: Early 1930s a fine fit for STC’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Marcus Crowder

Shakespeare in general and “Romeo and Juliet” in particular has stood up to numerous “interpretations” as inspired or ill-conceived as they may be. The young “star c…

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Theater review: Early 1930s a fine fit for STC’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Marcus Crowder

Shakespeare in general and “Romeo and Juliet” in particular has stood up to numerous “interpretations” as inspired or ill-conceived as they may be. The young …

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Sacramento Live: Steinbeck on stage by Marcus Crowder

The Bee’s Marcus Crowder suggests a look at Steinbeck productions. From left, Coleman Daniels (Hazel), Michael Sicilia (Doc) and Michael Coleman (Mack) appear in John Steinbeck&…

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Theater: Getting ‘Romeo and Juliet’ into good shape by Marcus Crowder

Actor Andrew Perez envisions a fresh physicality in Shakespeare’s leading man. Andrew Perez, right, playing Romeo in the Sacramento Theatre Company’s “Romeo and Juli…

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Theater: A look at Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s spring season by Marcus Crowder

Four plays are being staged now in Ashland.

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Theater: ‘Cocoanuts’ and more at Oregon Shakespeare Festival by Marcus Crowder

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival knows a good thing when it produces it. Two years ago the festival had a critical and audience hit with its extremely funny production of the Marx Brothers&#x…

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Friday, February 21, 2014

For Chita Rivera, luck is what she’s made of it by Marcus Crowder

Chita Rivera can say she’s been “a lucky gal,” but that luck thing only goes so far. Her extraordinary record of achievement in musical theater speaks for itself. She wa…

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Musical theater in the round a beloved summer tradition by Marcus Crowder

Sacramento’s Music Circus created a unique theater experience that has endured. The Music Circus tent debuted in 1951. “Show Boat” was the first production. …

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sacramento Live: ‘The Conductor’ at B Street by Marcus Crowder

The Bee’s Marcus Crowder suggests performances worth seeing. “The Conductor: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad” at the B Street Theatre Family Series sta…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Theater: B Street’s ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ heads to India by Marcus Crowder

There’s some sort of kismet in B Street Theatre taking its “Around the World in 80 Days” on its first international tour. The 2004 B Street staging of “Around the…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Theater review: ‘Flashdance The Musical’ an affable fairy tale with dynamic cast by Marcus Crowder

“Flashdance The Musical” is one of those stories you know. “Flashdance The Musical,” based on the 1983 movie, runs through Sunday at the Sacramento Communit…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sacramento Children’s Theater finds a new partner in Fairytale Town by Marcus Crowder

Muriel Johnson, Sandy Smoley and the late Jean Runyon are influential Sacramento women who have an unlikely and little-known connection. Each participated as a volunteer actress in the Sacr…

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

‘Flashdance’ creator had a feeling it would work on stage

It’s “a world made of steel, made of stone” – as the lyrics go – populated by athletic, dancing, singing young people. Jillian Mueller plays Alex Owe…

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