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  • Theatre Review: Hedda Gabler

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

    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.

  • Theatre Review: A Little Princess

    Monday, May 6, 2013

    This show at the Sacramento Theatre Company is about the desperate poor and the moneyed elite living in London a century ago. It might sound somewhat Dickensian, but this show is actually a new musical getting its premiere production this month.

  • Theatre Review: Master Harold... And The Boys

    Tuesday, April 9, 2013

    The bitter racial division of South Africa under apartheid inspired several plays, including one by playwright Athol Fugard now at the Sacramento Theatre Company. It depicts how state-sanctioned segregation damaged relationships and degraded society.

  • Theatre Review: Widowers' Houses

    Friday, April 5, 2013

    George Bernard Shaw is often rated as one of the great dramatists in the English language, but productions of his plays in Sacramento are rare. This month, California Stage is doing one of Shaw's early comedies.

  • Theatre Review: Mountaintop

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    Playwright Katori Hall grew up in Memphis, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Hall’s play imagines a conversation King might have had the night before he died. An award-winner in London, it's now playing at Capital Stage.

  • Theatre Review: Robyn Is Happy

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    Edgy humor is very big on stages around Sacramento these days. But what strikes one person as bold, biting comedy could rub others the wrong way. Critic Jeff Hudson says one prime example is the current show at Sacramento’s B Street Theatre.

  • Theatre Review: Two Takes On A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Thursday, March 7, 2013

    Two local theatre companies are mounting competing versions of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” They started with the same script, but each made different choices along the way, finding humor and drama in different places.

  • Theatre Review: The North Plan

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

    Conspiracy theories involving the Department of Homeland Security abound in this dark comedy now playing at Sacramento’s Capital Stage. Beyond the outrageous plot, one over-the-top performance supplies the bulk of the show's plentiful laughs.

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