Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Theater review: Passions of 'South Pacific' still resonate at Music Circus by Marcus Crowder

Strong leads give Music Circus patrons a with a well-sung, complicated romance. Beth Malone plays Ensign Nellie Forbush and John Cudia is Emile de Becque in “South Pacific”…

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Music Circus' 'South Pacific' about more than just war-time romance by Ernesto Garcia Morales

For many Americans, World War II was a crusade for democracy and freedom as well as a fight against injustice. But the war also highlighted the harsh realities of racial prejudice and stereo…

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Theater review: A ‘practically perfect’ Music Circus production of ‘Mary Poppins’ by Marcus Crowder

The Music Circus production about an inscrutable nanny will appeal to children and adults as well. From left are Robert Creighton (Bert), Noa Solorio (Jane Banks), Ben Ainley-Zoll (Mich…

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Theater: 'Mary Poppins' lands at Music Circus by Marcus Crowder

California Musical Theatre artistic director Glenn Casale would probably be a great mathematician or an excellent puzzle maker. He enjoys creating problems to solve and dislikes doing the sa…

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Stages busy with summer productions by Marcus Crowder

Theater festivals rev up across the region. Sacramento Shakespeare Festival’s “Much Ado About Nothing” stars, from left, Tim Brown, Brittany King and James Roberts.…

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Theater review: B Street's 'Provenance' finds its emotional core by Marcus Crowder

Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder’s new play “Provenance” has a number of curious and mysterious things happening in it. Though all the questions are answered too sweetly and neatly in…

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Theater review: A lovable ‘Hound’ at B Street by Marcus Crowder

Audiences will find B Street’s Sherlock Holmes hysterical. John Lamb, left, plays Sir Henry and Greg Alexander, right, is Watson in the B Street Theatre production of “The…

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Theater review: An emotionally tugging ‘Chorus Line’ at Music Circus by Marcus Crowder

The production is a deeply satisfying rendition of the groundbreaking musical. The Music Circus production of “A Chorus Line” continues through Sunday at the Wells Fargo Pavil…

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Theater review: An emotionally tugging ‘Chorus Line’ at Music Circus by Marcus Crowder

The production is a deeply satisfying rendition of the ground-breaking musical. The Music Circus production of “A Chorus Line” continues through Sunday at the Wells Fargo Pavi…

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Theater review: Back to the ‘50s in Capital Stage’s ‘Maple and Vine’ by Marcus Crowder

An extraordinary performance by Shannon Mahoney will stand out at the new Capital Stage production. Stephanie Gularte in the Capital Stage production of “Maple and Vine.” …

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Extra, extra! _ Broadway's 'Newsies' to close

Stop the presses: Broadway's "Newsies" is closing. In this photo provided by Disney Theatrical Productions, the cast is shown from the musical "Newsies." Disney Theatrical Productions s…

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sacramento's Kate Levering home for 'A Chorus Line' by Marcus Crowder

For Kate Levering the road to Broadway and Hollywood started in Sacramento. Jenifer Foote, who grew up in Fair Oaks, rehearses for “A Chorus Line,” opening Tuesday at Musi…

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Sacramento Live: Big Idea takes on ‘The Submission’ by Marcus Crowder

At its outset Jeff Talbott’s 2011 “The Submission” sounds like it falls somewhere between David Mamet’s “Race” and any number of Neil LaBute plays y…

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Sacramento’s B Street Theatre wins $8.4 million in state aid for expansion by Dale Kasler

With scores of season ticket holders and some of its actors applauding from the audience, Sacramento's B Street Theatre won approval today for an $8.4 million state-backed loan that will hel…

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sacramento’s B Street Theatre poised to get state funding for new venue by Ryan Lillis

Another cultural amenity in Sacramento that’s been in the planning stages for years is on the verge of taking a big step toward completion. An artist rendition of the new B Stree…

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Sacramento live: In Folsom, Free Fall has a ‘Name’ to share by Marcus Crowder

The earnest young community theater-makers at Free Fall Stage are presenting the human trafficking drama. “She Has a Name” features, from left, Bonnie Antignani, Supatcha…

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Proposal could raise Sacramento County sales tax for soccer stadium, arts and nonprofits by Dale Kasler

A coalition including Sacramento’s new professional soccer team and a host of nonprofit organizations is circulating a proposal to raise the county’s sales tax rate, with proceeds …

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Sacramento Live: ‘Vanya’ a strong draw for B Street by Marcus Crowder

A warm and fuzzy modern comedy fits the comfortably on the B Street main stage. Jamie Jones, left, Jason Kuykendall and Tara Sissom appear in the B Street Theatre production of “…

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Theater: ‘Wicked’ magically reappears in Sacramento

As if with the flick of a wand, California Musical Theatre is making the Oz-themed play “Wicked” reappear as part of its Broadway Sacramento series, with hopes that the musical…

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Theater review: It’s ‘Rain’ and fire in B Street’s tight, two-man cop drama by Carla Meyer

With dialogue but no action, actors Kurt Johnson and David Pierini paint a vivid portrait of officers in crisis David Pierini, in the foreground, and Kurt Johnson portray police partne…

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Theater review: ‘Alexander’ has a bad day with a good lesson by Marcus Crowder

‘Alexander’ tells a timeless story for all ages in B Street’s Family Series. From left, Emily Killian, Armando Rivera and Denver Skye Vaughan appear in B Street&#x…

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Theater: ‘Orlando’ is latest SacImpulse foray by Marcus Crowder

SacImpulse stages a surreal, time-traveling faux “historical biography” based on Virginia Woolf’s ‘Orlando.’ “Orlando” cast members, fr…

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Theater review: B Street's 'Vanya' a delightful misery by Marcus Crowder

B Street comedy craftily mashes up plays and themes of the great Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov. Stephanie McVay and Greg Alexander star in the B Street Theatre’s staging of &#…

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Theater review: Capital Stage has ‘Good People’ onstage by Marcus Crowder

As much as a specific sense of place takes hold in David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Good People,” the play’s greatness lies in how it could happen anywhere. Rebecca …

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Review: Theater spoof 'Forbidden Broadway' awesome

The theater spoof revue "Forbidden Broadway" wasn't kidding when it titled its latest edition "Comes Out Swinging." Its jabs leave few Broadway stars unbloodied and even a shiny Tony Award d…

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Friday, May 2, 2014

'Grapes of Wrath' to open Sacramento Theatre Company's next season. by Marcus Crowder

Michael Laun, executive producing director of Sacramento Theatre Company, is calling the 2014-15 slate of productions “A Season of Legends, Epics and Icons.” Jerry Lee and Ja…

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sacramento performing arts center could be next big-ticket item for city by Hudson Sangree and Edward Ortiz

Nearing completion on plans for a new Kings arena, city leaders are starting to look at whether it makes sense to also build a new performing arts center in downtown Sacramento. The Mo…

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‘A Funny Thing’ at STC does what farces are meant to do: Entertain us. by Marcus Crowder

The farce “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” runs like a well-maintained machine. That’s what farces do, and the new production of the 1962 Tony Award-winn…

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Sacramento Live: ‘A Funny Thing’ at STC by Marcus Crowder

STC stages the musical farce ‘Forum’ in a ‘70s setting. “Scapino!” features, clockwise from lower left, Scarlett Becky Vang, Anthony Person, Julian O…

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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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