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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Friedman makes return to stage

    By Camille Gavin
    Wednesday, Sep 17 2014 03:59 PM

    Hal Friedman, known for his innovative approach to staging live theater, is debuting his latest venture, the Hot Spot Theatre Troupe, with "The Last Five Years" this weekend in downtown Bakersfield.

    "It's a very different kind of theatre company we are doing and it is something very original to Bakersfield," Friedman said. "It's a very hot way of doing productions in New York right now."

    No, it won't be at Spotlight Theatre, the 19th Street playhouse where he once was artistic director, but in a salon-type environment at a studio owned by dancer and choreographer Marvin Ramey. Estimated seating capacity is 40, so it will be an intimate setting.

    "It's the old Lenore Smith studio and it's kind of like a Victorian house," Friedman said....

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: 'Hairspray' takes on sticky subject of race

    Teens are well-represented in "Hairspray," the feel-good show about a pleasingly plump girl who becomes a TV star in the 1960s when the civil rights movement was at the forefront and dancing to the beat of rhythm and blues was wildly...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Series opens with a Celtic flair

    For the first of its five concerts of the 2014-15 season, the Dukes Concert Series will present a lively ensemble on Sunday that specializes in Celtic music. Banshee in the Kitchen, as the group is known, plays music that revolves around...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Life imitates art in musical

    Two famous paintings -- the "Mona Lisa" and "The Scream" come to life in a startling way in Adam Matthew Fernandez's original one-act musical this weekend at The Empty Space. Titled "The Art Gallery," it's about a young couple, Arthur...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Artist maps out imagination

    In terms of the subjects for his artwork, Greg Hauss is eclectic, but his new exhibit at the Access Center has a single focus -- maps. On the surface, that may sound rather hum-drum but in Hauss' hands, cartography inspires detailed...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Stars Theatre playing 'Dirty'

    Director Joe Lowry gave me a rundown on what he's planning for "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," the musical opening Friday at Stars. Like the 1988 film on which it's based -- the stars were Michael Caine and Steve Martin -- the show is set on...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Bet bottom dollar on 'Annie Jr.'

    "Annie Jr.," a shorter version of the popular musical based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip, is bound to chase your end-of-summer blues away with sing-able tunes like "Tomorrow." Eight-year-old Bella Stine has the lead role in...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Young actor ready to graduate to adult roles

    It seems to me that Kyle Gaines is a good example of the value of learning stagecraft at a young age and then continuing on that path throughout one's growing-up years. In a sense, his appearance as Donkey in "Shrek the Musical" this...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: 'Beehive' revisits hair-raising '60s

    If "Beehive" sounds like an odd name for a musical, think bouffant hair styles of the 1960s. There's even a dance by that name written especially for the show, which opens Friday at Stars with the eight-member cast balancing top-heavy...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Still patriotic, even if a little late

    Pianist Warren Dobson's annual one-man show at the Gaslight Melodrama doesn't open until July 11, but he claims it still will have the zip-boom-bah flavor of Independence Day. "As it's happening after the Fourth of July, it's not quite...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: 'Peter Pan' gets Disney touch

    Even though Peter Pan, Wendy and Tinkerbell sprang to life more than a century ago in the pages of a delightful fantasy by J.M. Barrie, they are still captivating today's children -- especially when the story gets the magical Disney touch,...

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    'Five Divas' who own the stage

    Imagine, if you will, a woman singing Tevye the fiddler's "If I Were a Rich Man," and you've got an idea of the gender switch planned for one segment of "The Five Divas" show this weekend at Stars. "We call it 'Broadway Backwards,'" said...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Arts Council on the right course

    Slow but steady stays the course could be the motto of David Gordon, who in May was appointed executive director of the Arts Council of Kern by the nonprofit's board of directors. As one who has criticized the council's actions and...

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