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Celebrating Jewish determination: A second take on TheatreWorks’ ‘The Prince of Egypt’

In his reimagining of the 1998 DreamWorks film, director Scott Schwartz’s “The Prince of Egypt” is a touching and captivating retelling of the Book of Exodus. While live musical theatre cannot convey some of the same expansiveness and mysticism of animation film, the production, staged by TheatreWorks in the Mountain View Center for the Performing…

‘Autobiography of a Terrorist’ seeks to redefine preconceptions, misconceptions and reality

The world premiere of Saïd Sayrafiezadeh’s ‘Autobiography of a Terrorist,’ produced by Golden Thread Productions, just closed in San Francisco, and I’m still thinking about it. ‘Autobiography’ is one amongst many new, meta and self-referential plays that seek to peer introspectively into how theater shapes audiences and can act as a form of activism and…

BLACKstage’s ‘Ragtime’ reverberates with hope and strife

“Make Them Hear You,” sings the chorus of the newly-revived BLACKstage production of the musical “Ragtime.” In this musically rich, thought-provoking production, the voices of BLACKstage are heard loud and clear as their wonderfully melodic harmonies crescendo and sharpen to share the pain and strife inherent within the stories of desolate and disenfranchised Americans. These…

‘Saint Joan of the Stockyards’ gives power to the people

Corrupt business, abject poverty, and punk rock fill the stage of TAP’s entertaining and powerful production of “St. Joan of the Stockyards,” playing at Roble Studio Theater through Sunday. An all-female cast adapts German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s 1931 play about capitalism, spirituality, and the masses, productively reminding us of the ways in which power, business,…