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    Gaslight crew sets its sights on the Padre

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Jul 23 2014 03:32 PM

    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 synopsis of the madcap melodrama: It is the night of the grand reopening of Bakersfield’s historic Padre Hotel. Everything must be perfect. Unfortunately, it is not. The manager of the hotel, Carla Calamity, is pulling her hair out, trying to keep things together, but at every turn, everything is falling apart.

    World-famous lounge singer and cabaret act Lady Holiday has arrived to perform for the opening-night gala. Unfortunately, her band and backup singers have not.  

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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...

  4. '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...

  5. 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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    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: Set in '30s, 'The Women' still rings true today

    Clare Boothe Luce's "The Women" may have been written in 1936 but its themes seem to have withstood the test of time. After all, the play has had three Broadway revivals, the most recent in 2001, and in 2008 was made into a movie starring...

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    REVIEW: Music makes this 'Kiss' first rate

    With thoughts of the movie version of "Kiss of the Spider Woman" in my head, I confess I had doubts about the possibilities of turning such a dark story into a successful musical. Now, after seeing Stars' production of the stage show on...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: CSUB takes a shot at 'Hairspray'

    Cal State Bakersfield is set to present a lively musical about exuberant teens who love to dance, underscored by a theme of racial inequality. "Hairspray," opening Thursday at the Dore Theater, is set in Baltimore in 1962 when records...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Blonde and gagged in Pismo

    Michael Prince's fascination with a famous movie character spawned the script for Gaslight Melodrama's new production, which opens Friday. "I've always been a fan of the James Bond film franchise," Prince said. "So this was especially fun...

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    Troupe goes into the woods

    Fairy tales bring larger-than-life characters into existence, so it's no wonder The Empty Space went to epic lengths for its production of "Into the Woods." "It's a musical about telling stories, the stories we tell and how those stories...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: In good 'Company' with Sondheim

    As written, "Company" sounds rather complicated, because the performers frequently appear on various parts of the stage -- a living room, a cocktail bar, the balcony of a penthouse -- and in groups of two or three. There's also plenty of...

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