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‘Cabaret’: Experiencing a parallel time

When Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall joined The Roundabout Theatre to recreate the Tony Award-winning Cabaret, they brought in a nastier, gaudier and cruder production than had ever been brought to any stage. If you have seen this play before, you will immediately feel how much further they went to bring the audience to back a time of incomprehensible foreboding.

‘The Wild Party’ — An unexpected adult adventure

The Wild Party, the musical which was once banned in Boston, is based on Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 book-length narrative poem that tells the story about the wild, depraved end of the Roaring ’20s. Andrew Lippa added a book, music and lyrics. “The Wild Party” opened Off-Broadway in February 2000 and has won many awards in its time.

‘Mary Poppins’ lands in Morgan Hill

She flies, she sings and she dances—that’s what Heidi Oliphant does in this South Valley Civic Theatre production of Mary Poppins. Along with Zack Goller, who joins her as Bert the Chimney Sweep, and Elizabeth Calisi, who adds to the fun as the long-suffering Mrs. Banks, the three leads keep a lively crew of more than 40 kids aged nine to 70 moving in the right direction.

Independence wins in ‘The Velocity of Autumn’

Think about being almost 80 (if you are not there already). One moment you are 20, and whoosh, you are almost 80. How did you get there, where did the minutes, hours and days go?

‘Oklahoma!’ returns

Oklahoma! came roaring in with an effervescence that shows running almost 75 years usually run out of after a decade or so.

Molly Thornton sparkles in ‘Gypsy’

Gypsy, the musical taken from the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee by Arthur Laurents became a smash on Broadway with its music and lyrics by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim. The incomparable Ethel Merman starred as Rose in this vehicle in 1959 and it has been entertaining audiences ever since. In 1962 Gypsy was made into a successful movie with Rosalind Russell as Rose.

‘Boeing Boeing’ juggles smooth flights and bumpy weather

As the saying goes, “If it looks too good to be true, it usually isn’t.”

‘Cyrano’ — a new look at an old hero

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley does it again with its regional premiere of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano, translated by Michael Hollinger and adapted by Hollinger and Aaron Posner. There are a number of versions about this character since 1897 and this offering by TheatreWorks brings a fresh look at this romantic, swirling, swashbuckling, poignant character.

‘God of Carnage’ works up quite a lather

The 2009 Tony Award-winning play God Of Carnage opened at the Morgan Hill Playhouse on April 8 and raised the bar on South Valley Civic Theatre presentations. We have talent here in our little town and it’s really good.

Limelight Theatre’s ‘Nunsense’ is good fun

Award-winning Off-Broadway production Nunsense is a real tickler and keeps the laughs coming from start to finish. Limelight Actors Theatre director Kevin Heath offers a fast-moving show that has great material and clever songs performed by five Limelight pros: Betsy Andrade, Roberta Vinkhuyzen, JoAnna Evans, Rosalind Farotte and Carol Harris.

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