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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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STC Goes Old-School with ‘The Fantasticks’

I don’t know why “The Fantasticks” is the longest-running show in American theater history, or the longest-running musical in the world. I kind of agree with those who think the show is over-rated, but I have to admit that the production now on the Pollock Stage at Sacramento...

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B Street Comes Close to a Masterpiece

Setting your sights high is a good thing, but announcing your goal in the title of your new play may not be such a good idea. What if you fail to hit the mark? Luckily, Robert Caisley’s “A Masterpiece of Comic…Timing,” now receiving its world premiere at B Street Theatre, comes close to...

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Hats off to Big Idea Theatre’s ‘Hat’

If having a provocative title were all it took to be a success, Big Idea Theatre‘s “The Motherf**ker With the Hat” would have to turn away audiences. It is, in fact, for some shows, but not because of the name. It’s for the uniformly excellent performances by its five-person...

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