Richard Falcon’s Teatro Nagual brings another drama by playwright Rubén Amavizca-Murúa (“Frida Kahlo” and “Women of Juarez”) to Sacramento with the new production of “Soldaderas” now at California Stage.
With an English translation by Eve Muller and Liane Schirmer, director Falcon presents the play in both English and Spanish at separate performances. The bilingual cast includes Alejandra Fernandez Garcia, Robin Icelow, Diana Mandujano, Jasmine Nuñez-Gonzalez, Elizabeth Ramirez and Catalina Serrano. The story is set in 1929 Mexico City as four women document their key roles in revolution.
‘Snow White’ pantomime
City Theatre goes back to its pantomime roots with the first rollicking holiday-based play it presented, “Snow White: A British Panto.”
Though the panto may seem like anarchy, the form has numerous conventions that include audience participation, singing and the casting of a woman to play the the lead boy and of a man as the Dame. Christine Nicholson wrote this version and Luther Hanson directs; musical direction is by Bradley Moates and choreography by Diamond Rose Pedersen. Moates plays the Dame, with Brittany King as Snow White and Jenna Scoggins as the Prince.
CD release party
Saxophonist Darius Babazadeh’s sweet lean tenor tone receives a fine showing on his exquisite new album, “Endless Stars.”
Co-produced by Babazadeh and pianist Scott Collard, the album’s 12 tracks move from the accessible modernism of Sam Rivers’ ballad “Beatrice” and Mal Waldron’s “Soul Eyes” to classics such as Jimmy Van Heusen’s “Like Someone in Love” and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Desafinado.”
The quartet is rounded out by drummer Rick Lotter and D Baba’s longtime associate bassist Svetozar “Buca” Necak. Dedicated to the late Sacramento pianist and composer Bob Fylling, the record is an appropriate complement to that musician’s understated artistry. Babazadeh has a record release party this Sunday at JB’s lounge with a quartet that includes Collard, bassist Rob Lemas and drummer Jeff Minnieweather.