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‘Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids’ boldly explores race, class and environmental themes

“Polar Bears” explores the meaning of the Black Lives Matter movement by positioning it as an issue of environmental justice. Peter and Molly, white liberals in search of consciousness, are the adoptive parents of a 3-year-old African American boy named Jason. Their desire to give him a bright future is challenged when two black boys are killed by police officers in their neighborhood.

A ‘Beautiful’ look at the life of Carole King

“Beautiful– The Carole King Musical” has joyously returned to the SHN Golden Gate Theatre for a limited two week engagement. Its stellar touring cast effectively propagates a unique dialogue with San Franciscan audiences and emphasizes “Beautiful’s” tonal complexity and engaging narrative. The Tony and Grammy-winning musical centers on the life and career of singer/songwriter Carole…

In TAPS’ ‘Cabaret,’ even the orchestra is beautiful

NOTE: A previous version of this article inaccurately reported the identities of Cabaret ensemble members in “Maybe This Time” and “Entr’acte”. Commentary on the live sound design has also been amended. Come hear the music play in the 2019 Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS) Mainstage production of Kander and Ebb’s “Cabaret” (1966), choreographed and directed…

Cinderella in San Jose

As soon as I traipsed out of my Computer Science class, pondering the different types of selection sorts, I saw the Cardinal Nights email and immediately became excited. San Jose Broadway would be performing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” on Saturday and the tickets were only $15, including transportation. Straightaway, I contacted one of my closest…