Reviews of regional theatre and touring shows by Capital Public Radio's Jeff Hudson.
The holiday plays are in full swing on Sacramento stages. Our theatre critic Jeff Hudson has been driving around at night, sizing up the various offerings, and he brings us these recommendations.
The holiday season shows are taking over local stages, but audiences still have a two weeks to see a provocative new play, imagining a conversation in the afterlife between two famous figures at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876.
When a major city gets stuck in a downward economic spiral, it takes a heavy toll on individuals as well. That’s what audiences experience with this Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which starts out like a domestic comedy but soon takes a tragic turn.
Most people know Andrew Lloyd Webber as the composer of big budget, Broadway blockbusters. But Sacramento’s New Helvetia Theater is staging an Andrew Lloyd Webber rarity... a charming, small-scale, one-act show.
Sacramento’s Capital Stage is presenting the local premiere of “Clybourne Park,” a recent comedy that won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award. Critic Jeff Hudson says it’s a remarkable show.
Secrets have a way of surfacing eventually. And this new play at Sacramento's B Street Theatre follows one family coming to grips with a long-buried blowup. The drama was a Pulitzer prize finalist last year.
Crimes committed in the heat of passion and other notorious deeds dominate this retro song-and-dance spectacular that was big on Broadway in the 70's. As this Music Circus production proves, the show hasn’t lost its smirking, scandalous appeal.
Pro wrestling, with its over-the-top characters and colorful costumes, draws huge crowds at giant arenas. Capital Stage presents a humorous take on this larger-than-life form of sports entertainment, exploring its gut-level appeal and contradictions.
Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is famously adaptable, and the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is presenting a novel interpretation, setting the play in swinging London during the psychedelic 60s.
The new show at Sacramento’s B Street Theatre plumbs the darker aspects of romance in a script that was a Tony nominee for Best Play last year.
Cheerful musicals – staged in the round – are a 63-year-old tradition at the Music Circus. Sacramento’s venerable summer series got underway last Friday with a live version of a movie that everybody knows.
The hugely popular musical “Les Misérables” is back in Sacramento on a 25th anniversary tour. Theatre critic Jeff Hudson says this retooled production actually stacks up better than several previous touring versions.
Sacramento’s B Street Theater seldom stages shows with live music. And most presenters of musical theater shy away from rap. With “How We Got On” B Street bucks the trend. The show follows three teenage rappers in the 1980's who hope to become stars.
Great plays live on because they contain memorable, complicated characters, and Hedda Gabler is one of the great female roles. Capital Stage is presenting this classic show, which even a century after it was written still packs a timely punch.
An ancient Chinese tale is being brought to life on stage in Nevada City by Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra. The company is mixing colorful costumes, atmospheric music and imaginative staging in this atractive mystical, mythical production.
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