Reviews of regional theatre and touring shows by Capital Public Radio's Jeff Hudson.
Sacramento’s Music Circus is wrapping up its summer season with a revival of “La Cage aux Folles,” a show famous for its colorful costumes worn by male dancers in drag. Jeff Hudson says this 30-year-old musical is more conventional than you think.
Writers have been poking fun at selfish, money-hoarding misers for centuries. One classic comedy from the 1600’s by French playwright Moliere is getting a contemporary California update by Main Street Theatre Works in Jackson.
In 1964 an edgy play titled “Marat/Sade" - set in a French insane asylum with the Marquis de Sade as a major character – shook up London audiences. California Stage is marking the 50th anniversary of this radical show by mounting a new production.
The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is staging the comedy “As You Like It” with a cast of professional actors who interpret the script in a novel way, with a syncopated beat. The unexpected transfer works out surprisingly well, says our Jeff Hudson.
Sacramento’s Music Circus is reviving the classic musical “South Pacific,” a show that despite its age remains popular with audiences. This old favorite endures in part because it offers a fascinating confluence of musical styles.
There’s a new summer theater series in the Sacramento region – the Davis Shakespeare Festival. They’re staging an evergreen Shakespeare comedy, and a small Broadway musical from 1963. Critic Jeff Hudson says this new venture is off to a strong start.
As a change of pace this summer, Sacramento’s B Street Theatre is staging a pastoral fable called “Provenance” – a gently mysterious tale in which characters find ways to overcome their personal troubles and move forward with their lives.
In today's world you can spend all day on the Internet, working online and shopping for anything. But the couple at the center of this new Capital Stage show has unplugged and moved into a secluded community that emulates Middle America, circa 1955.
Summer in Sacramento means it’s time for musicals in the round at the Music Circus. This season's opener is the landmark 1975 show “A Chorus Line.” The songs and dancing are impressive, but the show feels less revolutionary than it did decades ago.
Movies about World War I often include battle scenes with scores of soldiers being cut down by machine guns or poison gas. But this century-old play offers an interior view from within a bunker as soldiers grapple with war. It is as relevant as ever.
Sacramento's B Street Theatre is known for staging frantic comedies at the start of the summer. This year they've picked a script that won last year's Tony Award for best new play. It spoofs Russian literature right along with American movies and TV.
When you grow up in a tough neighborhood and become a wealthy professional, are you obligated to return and help the struggling community you left behind? That question underlies “Good People,” a probing play now at Capital Stage.
Romans in togas and clever slaves who outwit their masters are the characters in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. It's a Stephen Sondheim musical being remounted now at the Sacramento Theatre Company. Critic Jeff Hudson has a review.
The current show at Sacramento’s California Stage is set in Louisiana bayous. It contrasts an aging Cajun shrimper with his sons. Critic Jeff Hudson reviews The Vanishing Point.
An unusual relationship between a 91-year-old woman and her 21-year-old grandson -- who’s in the midst of a cross-country bicycle trip -- is the focus of this Pulitzer-nominated drama. It glitters with uncommon insights about life and death.
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