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Friday, March 22, 2019

Theater Preview: MOMENTOS MORI (Manual Cinema) by Jim Allen

THIS IS THE MOMENTOS I have seen the Chicago-based performance collective Manual Cinema on their home turf twice, and the theatricality is awesome. This endlessly inventive group of artists …

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Friday, February 22, 2019

CD Review: BULLDOZER: THE BALLAD OF ROBERT MOSES (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording) by Jim Allen

BULLDOZED It breaks my heart that another poorly made production with no soul or message gets recorded as an Original Cast Recording. Those who may think that Bulldozer is a musical about c…

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Film and Music Preview: NOSFERATU & VAMPYR (Theatre at the Ace Hotel and Disney Hall) by Jim Allen

SILENT SCREAMS Two of the spookiest horror films ever made were completed before much of today’s audiences were born. One, Nosferatu, is far better known than the other, especially for the…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Theater Preview: THE BARBERSHOP CHRONICLES (Freud Playhouse at UCLA) by Jim Allen

Newsroom, political platform, local hot spot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium. For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world. They talk…

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Theater Preview: THE MOST HAPPY FELLA (Musical Theatre West in Long Beach) by Jim Allen

ABBONDONZA If ever there was a reason to say, “Absolutely, positively, do not miss this event,” this is it. For one night only on Sunday August 19 at 7pm, Musical Theatre West…

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Theater Preview: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (5-Star Theatricals in Thousand Oaks) by Jim Allen

SHE’S STILL A BEAUTY It is sheer luck that I’ve been able to see Broadway Baby Susan Egan in over 10 shows since the mid-1980s. From intimate stages (Babes at the Matrix; Hello, Ag…

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Bay Area Theater Review: AMÉLIE, A NEW MUSICAL (Berkeley Repertory Theatre) by Jim Allen

IN CHARM’S WAY Turning a beloved French film into an American stage musical is a dicey proposition at best, but that’s precisely what Berkeley Rep has done with Jean-Pierre Jeunet’…

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Monday, July 13, 2015

San Francisco Theater Review: CALL ME MISS BIRDS EYE: A CELEBRATION OF ETHEL MERMAN (A.C.T.) by Jim Allen

MAY THIS SHOW NEVER BE FROZEN One of the first rules of etiquette I ever learned was: if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Were I inclined to heed that sage advic…

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

San Francisco Theater Review: ELF THE MUSICAL (Curran Theatre) by Jim Allen

MY KINGDOM FOR SOME INSULIN Known by many as “the most wonderful time of the year,” Christmas has richly earned its reputation for gooey sentimentality, decking the halls with mucho kits…

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bay Area Theater Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (TheatreWorks in Palo Alto) by Jim Allen

NOT ONLY WILL YOU FLOAT OUT OF THE THEATER, YOU MAY EVEN FLY Have you ever wondered how the original “lost boy” became Peter Pan and what his life was like before flying out the Darling…

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bay Area Dance Preview: SWAN LAKE (The Australian Ballet at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley) by Jim Allen

SWAN IN A MILLION Featuring a live performance by the Berkeley Symphony with guest conductor Nicolette Fraillon, The Australian Ballet’s Swan Lake comes to Zellerbach Hall this weekend, Oc…

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

San Francisco Theater Review: DO I HEAR A WALTZ? (42nd Street Moon) by Jim Allen

DO I FEAR A WALTZ? Musicals are generally “lost” for any one of a number of reasons: the libretto may be filled with once topical socio-political humor now meaningless to contemporary au…

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Monday, October 6, 2014

San Francisco Theater Review: IDEATION (San Francisco Playhouse at the Kensington Park Hotel) by Jim Allen

THE GREATER GOOD When is “enough” enough? Where do you draw the line? How far would you be willing to go for the “Greater Good”? These are some of the difficult questions posed by pl…

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Friday, September 19, 2014

San Francisco Theater Review: OLD HATS (A.C.T.) by Jim Allen

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN As a child, I always hated clowns. At best they were weird; at worst just plain scary. And, to top it off, they weren’t even funny, at least not to me. Why then…

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

San Francisco Cabaret Preview: CELEBRATING STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (Bay Area Cabaret) by Jim Allen

THIS WICKED MAGIC SHOW WILL CAST AN ENCHANTED GODSPELL Teddy Bear’s; Fanny’s; Trinity Place; 132 Bush; the Plush Room; The Mint; Josie’s; the list goes on and on. Time was when San Fra…

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bay Area Theatre Review: AN AUDIENCE WITH MEOW MEOW (Berkeley Rep) by Jim Allen

THE CAT’S MEOW MEOW: PURRRRRFECT When you hear the words “performance art,” do you envision a motionless Marina Abramovic allowing a 10-foot boa constrictor to wrap itself around her h…

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