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STC Musical is Not ‘Perfect’ But It’s Good

Even in its prime — the late 1990s — “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” was hardly cutting edge. But it was pleasant enough, with likable characters and a variety of musical styles that won it a nomination as best Off-Broadway musical of 1997. And it entertained...

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Two Plays More Than Worth Your Time

This is an especially good weekend for theater fans in Sacramento. Two plays — “Trevor” at Big Idea Theatre and “August: Osage County” at Capital Stage — offer more than just superficial entertainment. Beneath the humor (and both are quite funny) is a compelling...

hunchback
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Music Circus Ends Season with Bell-Ringer

You’ve never seen anything like “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” now at Music Circus. This is only the third production of the musical in the United States, and Music Circus is one of only three companies licensed by Disney Theatricals to perform it this season. The Music Circus...

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Music Circus does a nice job on ‘Nice Work’

“Nice Work If You Can Get It” took many twists and turns on its way to where it is today — a sterling production at Sacramento’s Music Circus. Set in the Prohibition Era of the 1920s, the play is a song-and-dance screwball comedy with a book by Joe DiPietro and music by...

cabaret
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Come to the “Cabaret”: A Cautionary Tale

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Take the pre-World War II world of “Cabaret,” now at the Music Circus, for example. It was a time when people ate, drank and made merry, but a dark undertone of something scary was about to shatter their world. Now consider  today. We...

hello dolly
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Music Circus says big hello to ‘Dolly’

Well, hello, Dolly. You’re looking swell, Dolly. It’s so nice to have you back where you belong! “Hello, Dolly!” is one of the most beloved and enduring musicals of our time. It has had several revivals since its 1964 Broadway debut, when it won a record (at that time) 10...

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‘Legally Blonde’: An Elle of a show

Omigod you guys. Guess who’s in town? Elle Woods, that’s who, and she is smart, charming, and oh so pretty in pink. And, she’s “Legally Blonde.” Lauren Zakrin stars in the musical (based on the 2001 film of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon) that opens the 66th...

sherlock holmes
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A Howling Good Mystery at STC

The Sacramento Theatre Company (STC) has a good track record with Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. John Watson, having put on a production of “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” in 2011. And now William Elsman and Michael RJ Campbell, who played Holmes and Watson respectively...

The Amazing Journey of 'Tommy'
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The Amazing Journey of ‘Tommy’

It’s hard not to gush when you review “The Who’s Tommy,” now on stage at the Harris Center at Folsom Lake College. The Falcon’s Eye Theatre production of the musical that primarily features a cast of college and high school students (plus some older and a few younger)...

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