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    Looking for wholesome fun? Be glad for 'Plaid'

    BY STEFANI DIAS The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Feb 25 2015 06:21 PM

    While some court controversy in shades of gray at the movie theater, Stars Theatre Restaurant offers a family-friendly outing with "Forever Plaid," a return to the bygone era of four-part harmonies opening Friday.

    "The show is funny. It's poignant," said director Brent Rochon. "It's wholesome. It's very cleverly written."

    The production follows the journey of the group Forever Plaid, a musical quartet whose dreams of stardom are cut short in 1964 by a bus of Catholic teens on their way to view the Beatles' U.S. debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Through the "Power of Harmony," the foursome is able to return for one final performance.

    "This is their chance to do the show that they never got a chance to do. They have to complete the show...

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    Looking for wholesome fun? Be glad for ‘Plaid’

    While some court controversy in shades of gray at the movie theater, Stars Theatre Restaurant offers a family-friendly outing with “Forever Plaid,” a return to the bygone era of four-part harmonies opening Friday. “The show is funny. It’s...

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    Poetry in motion at CSUB

    The poetry of Spanish dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca comes to life Thursday at Cal State Bakersfield's Dore Theatre in "Lorca in a Green Dress." The lyrical drama depicts Lorca's journey in purgatory as he faces four aspects of his...

  4. 'John Lennon and Me' at Liberty

    The Liberty High Theatre Department will stage four performances of Cherie Bennett's award-winning play "John Lennon and Me" starting Thursday. The winner of many national awards, the uproarious play about life, death, power and first...

  5. 'Big Bad Musical' bad for wolf, but good for annual fundraiser

    Black Gold Productions is celebrating its sweet 16 in "Big Bad" style. Having raised more than $400,000 for the fight against cancer, the all-volunteer theater troupe will perform its annual melodrama starting March 13 at the Woman's Club...

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    Playwright at home in new work

    No disrespect to the world's No. 1 hot dog chain, but Julie Taiwo Oni was glad to escape the clutches of its A-frame roof. Like any good artist, the Bakersfield-born playwright mined her teenage fear of a Wienerschnitzel future for her new...

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    Melodrama hits 'Road' again

    Like any good theater mixing a bit of old with the new, Gaslight Melodrama kicks off its 10th year Friday with "The New Road to Rosedale," an all-new show inspired by the production that started it all. In August 2005, the newly opened...

  8. Play in a day? Plan is a-OK

    The Empty Space theater will learn what a difference a day makes when it debuts "Project: Play in a Day," a 24-hour whirlwind of writing, directing and acting that will culminate in an all-new show Saturday night. "It could be amazing or...

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    Review: Stars' 'For Me and My Girl' is a fun romp

    Stars' production of "Me and My Girl" is a boisterous, fast-paced show, the kind where the audience seems to be having as much fun as the actors. It's a rags-to-riches story with an unusual twist, that takes place in the 1930s in England....

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    You're invited to these weddings

    "The course of true love never did run smooth," or so Shakespeare said. The same can also be said of some Broadway musicals, including "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," which comes to Bakersfield Jan. 26. The problem? As originally...

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    Tap into this dance extravaganza at Stars

    You may never have heard of "Me and My Girl," opening Friday at Stars Theatre Restaurant, but it hits all the theatrical marks: big production values, elaborate musical and dance sequences and a touch of real-life romance. Husband and...

  12. Chaos behind the scenes inspiration for 'Empty Christmas'

    All the world may be a stage but the average person doesn't usually see what goes on behind the scenes. This month, The Empty Space offers a comedic spin on the less-glamorous side of theater life with "A Very Empty Christmas." Co-written...

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    NOR's 'Miracle on 34th Street' should be right up your avenue

    Kris Kringle goes on trial at 7 p.m. Friday in the holiday family favorite "Miracle on 34th Street" performed by NOR Recreation and Park District's Junior Theatre program. The performances -- also at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday -- take...

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