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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Life imitates art in musical

    By CAMILLE GAVIN, Contributing columnist
    Wednesday, Aug 27 2014 04:24 PM

    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 (Justin Thompson) and Sylvia (Alexandra Mays), whose favorite pastime is visiting art museums.

    "The plot is very simple on the surface," Fernandez wrote in an email. "A couple walk into an art gallery, have an argument, and the art helps them move forward."

    Yet it's much more complex than that. Upon their arrival Arthur and Sylvia notice several changes in the collection and have opposing viewpoints on the new art. At this point, "Mona Lisa" (Leslie Thompson) and "The Scream" (Enrique Acosta) come to...

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    Review: 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' is a whole lot of fun

    Stars has come up with another winner with its production of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." An energetic and well-balanced cast backed by a first-rate band made the performance I saw on Sunday just plain fun all the way through. Director Joe...

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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...

  4. Junior thespians take on 'Wardrobe,' "High School Musical'

    School started this week for some local students but dozens of children have been hard at work for the last month with theater classes for Tonicism Productions. Now their efforts will pay off as "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and...

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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: Exhibiting artist to speak at BMoA

    If you're looking for a cool and culturally rich place to entertain out-of-town guests, consider visiting the Bakersfield Museum of Art in Central Park. On Wednesday morning David Ligare, one of the artists whose work is now on display at...

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    REVIEW: 'Padre' a novel way to enjoy live theater

    Hearty laughter, exaggerated acting and general craziness are key elements in any melodrama and at the locally owned Gaslight Melodrama the fun starts the minute you walk in the door. Case in point: At last Friday's opening of "A Night at...

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    Well-traveled entertainer on terra firma

    Most travelers who have taken a cruise have a story to tell, but none that I've heard can equal Jason McClain's tale. The multi-talented entertainer's odyssey began two years ago on board a luxury cruise ship where fares range as high as...

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    Gaslight crew sets its sights on the Padre

    The folks over at Gaslight Melodrama are having fun with another local landmark: This time, they’ve taken aim at the Padre Hotel in downtown Bakersfield with “A Night at the Padre.” A release sent our way by the Melodrama offers a...

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    Yes, play is about intimacy - but it's emotional

    What's in a name? Depending on the production -- in this case "In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)" -- there can be a lot hanging on that handle. But there is much more to the show opening Friday at The Empty Space than the risque...

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    Review: Upbeat 'Beehive' will have you grooving

    Talk about a high-energy show -- "Beehive" at Stars has it every step of the way and the audience at the Sunday matinee appeared to love every minute of it. And so did I. It makes me wish we could go back to the '60s when song lyrics told...

  12. 'Shrek the Musical' not same old song and dance

    A summer theater workshop "shows you that kids (and ogres!) can do incredible things," when "Shrek the Musical" hits the stage starting Saturday. Adapted from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, the musical tells the story of...

  13. Empty Space hits stage for fundraiser

    When it comes to fundraisers and theatricality, there is no better inspiration than Broadway. Taking a cue from The Great White Way, The Empty Space brings back its "The Role I Was(n't) Born to Play" this weekend. The show's creator,...

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