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Monday, October 13, 2014

‘Flying Machine’ takes off at B Street by Marcus Crowder

The theater’s Family Series play offers a clever look at the history of aviation. John Lamb, left, and Jason Kuykendall portray brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright in the B Street…

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Casting change for B Street’s ‘Outside Mullingar’ by Marcus Crowder

B Street Theater has announced a casting change with its production of John Patrick Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar.” B Street acting company member Dana Brooke and di…

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sacramento’s B Street Theatre stages Irish romance by Marcus Crowder

Buck Busfield likes the Irish sensibility of playwright John Patrick Shanley. B Street acting company member Dana Brooke and director Buck Busfield, shown in 2011, are reteaming for &#x…

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Theater review: 'Grapes of Wrath' at Sacramento Theatre Company by Marcus Crowder

In the sobering new production, Steinbeck’s bitter story of the struggle for human dignity still feels current and relevant. Cast members dance in a scene from STC’s season-…

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

‘Grapes of Wrath’ opens Sacramento Theatre Company season by Marcus Crowder

The play remains as epic as Steinbeck’s classic novel. Michael Stevenson directs a scene with Laura Kaya, who plays Ma, and Kirk Blackinton, who plays Tom Joad, during rehearsal …

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Sacramento theater icons Mitch Agruss and Ray Tatar honored at Elly Awards by Marcus Crowder

The Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance honored Mitch Agruss and producer director Ray Tatar for lifetime achievement at the 32nd annual Elly Awards, held Sunday night in Edgewater Bal…

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Sacramento comedian Jack Gallagher suffers concussion in bike accident by Marcus Crowder

The Bee has learned that Sacramento based actor, playwright, and comedian Jack Gallagher suffered a concussion in a bicycle accident on Labor Day. Comedian Jack Gallagher

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Capital Stage managing director resigns by Marcus Crowder

Capital Stage has announced the resignation of managing director Erin Lucas effective immediately.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Theater review: Cap Stage’s ‘Tribes’ explores family non-communication by Marcus Crowder

Nina Raine’s acerbic comedy-drama “Tribes” presents a family that talks an awful lot but often ends up communicating very little. Still, the elusive nature of communicat…

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Monday, September 8, 2014

SARTA announces Youth Elly Awards by Marcus Crowder

St. Mary’s High School and Sutter Street Theatre led with six recognitions each.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Capital Stage moves into 10th season by Marcus Crowder

No longer an upstart theater company, the provocative professional theater understands what it is and what it does. Jonathan Williams follows the script on his laptop during a rehearsal…

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Theater review: B Street has a hole in one with ‘The Ladies Foursome” by Marcus Crowder

The popular Canadian playwright Norm Foster plots a course to the Sacramento theater’s sweet spot. “The Ladies Foursome” at B Street Theatre includes, from left, Am…

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Theater review: 'La Cage' an old-fashioned musical by Marcus Crowder

It’s rather remarkable that “La Cage aux Folles,” a musical about the unconventional relationship at its core, feels as dully conventional as can be. The love story of two men…

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Music Circus spins a fantasy with ‘Brigadoon’ by Marcus Crowder

Audiences can nearly suspend their disbelief with this production of Lerner and Lowe’s musical hit. Robert J. Townsend plays Tommy Albright and Jennifer Hope Wills is Fiona MacLa…

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Monday, August 4, 2014

And the nominees are ... by Marcus Crowder

Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance announces names of community theater nominees for 32 Elly Awards. The cast of the Nedra Pezold Roberts’ “Vanishing Point” …

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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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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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Monday, July 7, 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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Thursday, July 3, 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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Wednesday, July 2, 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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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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Thursday, May 29, 2014

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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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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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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