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On Local Stages, It’s a Tennis Whiz and ‘The Wiz’

“The Last Match” at B Street Theatre is a different kind of sports story. Pitting an experienced (“aging” seems a bit harsh for a 34-year-old) American tennis pro against an up-and-coming Russian player, it portrays the action as a series of psychological decisions, moves...

guys and dolls
Review Theater

‘Guys and Dolls’ is a Sure Bet at Music Circus

Gangsters and gamblers, showgirls and sincere soul-savers come together in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen for the Frank Loesser musical “Guys and Dolls.” The 1950 Tony Award-winning Best Musical gets a fresh, lively interpretation this week at Music Circus. The plot concerns the...

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Review Theater

Troublesome History Comes Alive on Two Local Stages

‘Eclipsed,’ the current production at Celebration Arts is set in a rebel army camp in Liberia in 2003, but many elements that have put its plot into motion are still going on today. Child soldiers, abduction and rape of girls and those who are barely women, wanton killing, and corrupt...

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Review Theater

Plays Explore Two Paths to Fine Theater Experiences

“The Roommate,” now at Capital Stage, turns “The Odd Couple” on its head. Playwright Jen Silverman has more on her mind than the comic adventures of two mismatched individuals moving in together. The play begins in an Odd Couple-ish way, with tidy homeowner Sharon (Laura Jane Bailey) forced by...

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Events Theater

This High School Musical Ranks No. 1

What’s a kid to do these days? High school has become so cutthroat that perfect isn’t good enough. The saying these days is 5-point is the new 4-point. Do more. Test higher. To get into a good college these days, you almost have to beg, borrow and steal your way in. “Ranked,” a new musical...

ballerinas
Review Theater

It’s Slipper Time for Ballerinas and Genies

The Sacramento Ballet will end its first season under new artistic director Amy Seiwert with a series of performances this weekend at The Sofia arts complex. The program will include a world premier dance created by Seiwert and accompanied by live music composed and performed by violist Christen...

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Review Theater

A Weekend Full of Dance on Local Stages

Continuing a three decade tradition of dancers creating dances for each other, Sacramento Ballet‘s “Beer and Ballet” program — the first under new artistic director Amy Seiwert — reaches its final performances this weekend. As a sort of choreographer’s apprentice...

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Review Theater

Modern Women Take Spotlight in Two Local Productions

We see two very different versions of modern women in “A Doll’s House, Part 2” at B Street Theatre and “Reborning” at Big Idea Theatre this month. In the former, Nora, the heroine of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” returns after 15 years to...

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