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    Bakersfield playwright a hit with critics

    BY STEFANI DIAS The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Apr 15 2015 05:40 PM

    Bakersfield can add another feather to its artistic cap thanks to playwright Tom Coash, whose play "Veils" just won the M. Elizabeth Osborn Award for 2014 from the American Theatre Critics Association.

    The only national association of professional theater critics, ATCA annually recognizes new plays that were premiered outside New York City.

    Along with winning the Osborn Award, Coash's play was one of six finalists for the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. Coash is a graduate of West High School and Cal State Bakersfield, where his father, John Coash, served as founding dean of arts and sciences.

    "I never did any theater at all until my last quarter at Cal State Bakersfield. I took a playwriting class and I had taken all the other...

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    Don't miss this 'Beauty' at Harvey Auditorium

    Bakersfield Music Theatre invites you to be its guest at its production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." This tale as old as time is only playing for one weekend at the Harvey Auditorium. Based on the 1991 Academy Award-winning film,...

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    Laughter rises as 'Night' falls at Empty Space

    Among Shakespeare's greatest comedies, "Twelfth Night" has it all -- mistaken identity, cross-dressing and more schemes than a reality TV series. Add to that a dash of angtsy '90s SoCal and you have The Empty Space's take, which opens...

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    Stars digs up comedy gem about funeral

    Bakersfield likes nothing more than a repeat performance. Like "My Big Fat Oildale Wedding" over at Gaslight Melodrama, Stars Theatre Restaurant returns to one of its previous hits with "Dearly Departed," opening Friday. Director Laurie...

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    STEFANI DIAS: Dance show a perfect 10 in fun

    Although it was all for a good cause, I had certain expectations going into Saturday night's Dancing at the Stars fundraiser at Stars Theatre Restaurant. There had to be sequins (well done, Supervisor Leticia Perez!), catchy music (toes...

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    Stars show us their moves in dance contest

    Cue the coordinated outfits, smooth moves and toe-tapping beats: Although the trophy is not a mirror ball, 10 local celebrities will go for glory Saturday night in a "Dancing With the Stars"-style contest at Stars Theatre Restaurant....

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    Soulful 'Sister Act' is second to nun

    If your most vivid memory from the 1992 comedy classic "Sister Act" is the triumphant moment when a choir of nuns transforms the Motown classic "My Guy" into a stirring declaration of faith, you might be disappointed in the stage version...

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    High hopes for Cirque show at Rabobank

    Bakersfield, we have arrived. Amid the acrobatic scheduling feats that will bring Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and Juanes to Rabobank Arena in coming weeks, Cirque Du Soleil makes its first local appearance with the touring show "Varekai,"...

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    You're the judge of this musical

    It's got the trappings of a courtroom drama but when you throw in comedy and a cast of fairy-tale characters singing their arguments, chances are good someone will live happily ever after. That's to be expected when "The Big Bad Musical"...

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    'Wedding' set to renew vows

    Put on your Sunday best and leave the pit bull in the yard -- it's time for "My Big Fat Oildale Wedding." The popular show will enjoy its fourth run at the Gaslight Melodrama starting Friday. Michael Prince, the Gaslight's artistic...

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    A 'Rhinoceros' renaissance at BC

    While Kafka explored one man's illogical metamorphosis, Eugene Ionesco explored the plight of the lone man who does not transform in "Rhinoceros." Delving into man's fight against the tide of mass change, the production runs this week at...

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    Feed me, Seymour! 'Little Shop' opens at BHS

    The students at Bakersfield High School are singing and dancing, but the spring production is no "High School Musical." They're going a little darker this year with "Little Shop of Horrors," the story of a man and his man-eating plant....

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    'Saints' go marching in at The Empty Space

    In life, many mark success with consistency, but in theater the daily variations can signal great work. Director Kristina Saldana promises just that with her production of "A Company of Wayward Saints," opening Friday at The Empty Space....

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