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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...

'Pippin' Brings the Magic to Sacramento's Community Center Theater

‘Pippin’ Brings the Magic to Sacramento’s Community Center Theater

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, I draw your attention to the center ring of the Sacramento Community Center, as California Musical Theatre’s Broadway Sacramento Series presents: The dazzling…dizzying… Tony Award-winning… not-to-be-missed, Musical Extravaganza… National Touring Company...

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‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ is Scary Good

What’s better than a good scary story for the Halloween season? Probably nothing. And Big Idea Theatre’s production of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” is very good, indeed. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the story by Robert Louis Stevenson, “Jekyll/Hyde” not only...

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Another Great ‘Big Idea’

Two men and one woman: It’s a potential recipe for disaster. And in “Three Days of Rain,” now at Big Idea Theatre, there’s a double batch of trouble. The story involves two generations of friends – contemporary siblings Walker (Eric Baldwin) and Nan (Beth Edwards) and friend Pip (Ryan Snyder) and...

"Peter Pan" flies high at Music Circus
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“Peter Pan” flies high at Music Circus

They might as well change the name of H Street to Broadway this week, since so many of the cast and crew of “Peter Pan” now at Music Circus have credits from the Great White Way. Director Glenn Casale, choreographer Patti Colombo and flying sequence choreographer Paul Rubin collaborated...

Three People, One Room and 'No Exit'
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Three People, One Room and ‘No Exit’

Whether it’s performed as “No Way Out,” “Vicious Circle,” “Behind Closed Doors,” “Dead End” (which I especially like), or “No Exit” (its most common interpretation), playwright Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist nightmare is one powerful piece of theater. Sacramento’s brave Big Idea Theatre...

At Music Circus, this "Lady" is Way More than Just Fair
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At Music Circus, this “Lady” is Way More than Just Fair

Music Circus kicked off its 65th season Tuesday with a spiffy rendition of the musical theater masterpiece “My Fair Lady.” The Lerner and Loewe classic (book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe) is one of the favorites of Sacramento summer theater audiences. Based on...

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Coriolanus: What’s the Big Idea here?

The Big Idea Theatre on Del Paso Boulevard is perhaps the best community theater group in Sacramento. It produces entertaining and challenging classic and contemporary works — and it does more Shakespeare each season than anyone, except maybe the summer Shakespeare Festival in Land Park. Kirk...

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