Fantastical plot, musical demons in Youth Musical Theater Company’s ‘Don’t Stop Me’

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“Don’t Stop Me,” an original musical by Berkeley’s Youth Musical Theater Company, or YMTC, is a charming portrayal of high schoolers and the pressures they face. While absurd at times, the magical storyline provides an appropriate backdrop to deliver messages about the challenges today’s teenagers confront. “The plays I usually
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Searing humor, dark wit captivate in ‘Detroit’

In “Detroit,” suburbia’s underbelly is dark indeed. The play — a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and 2013 Obie winner by Lisa D’Amour — explores the place in the human psyche where psychology meets circumstance in its Bay Area premiere at Aurora Theatre Company. “Detroit” begins in media res: Mary (Amy
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‘Heart Shaped Nebula’ tugs on heartstrings

Oakland’s Shotgun Players presents the first full production of “Heart Shaped Nebula,” a tragic love story written by Bay Area local Marisela Trevino Orta. The play blends astronomy, myth and the supernatural, delving into questions of love after death through the experience of a man who lost his fiancee on
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SuicideGirls give frisky, lively performance at The New Parish

The anti-mainstream, alternative pin-up beauty of the SuicideGirls makes them the most fitting group of women to hybridize nerdy fandom with indie-electronic striptease in their hit Blackheart Burlesque tour, a show that ditches traditional, slow-moving, genre striptease for hard-hitting dance and sci-fi seduction. Last Friday, Oakland’s New Parish stage opened
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