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Lots of talent, money, time, energy expended on this musical - exciting sets, lyrics, acting, singing.....the first act works SO well. But the writing fails in the second act, when we (and the main character?) discover SUDDENLY that Mama Sid is Raina's real mother. The play then devolves into a confusing mother/daughter story, resolved, alas, in Raina's (the skeptical daughter's) absolute and absolutely unconvincing conversion into her mother's brand of "enlightenment. " How much more interestiing the play would have been if Sid and Raina had not been awkwardly catapulted into mother/daughter roles
Let me start off by saying I fully support the music scene in SF, but this event was quite disappointing. The show seemed poorly planned seeing as there was so much time in between each individual song, it was hard to sit through. I got up and left by 11 pm because it was more sitting around than listening to music.
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