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Masquers Playhouse

Don't blink or you'll miss it; Point Richmond is a cheerful green gem floating in a grayish sea of freeways, heavy industry, and low-slung buildings where one suspects terrible things might be happening. How such a small community, which has exactly one grocery store, can support a theater company with a five-show season is a mystery. But Point Richmonders love the Masquers, and it's mutual -- scrapbooks in the lobby attest to fifty years in the Playhouse's tiny space. The ticket holders patiently queuing to get in all know each other -- probably having sat at adjacent tables over at Hotel Mac for a preshow dinner -- and the actors always ring the lobby after the show to accept kudos from their friends and neighbors. With bright, riotous little excursions like this season's Macbeth spoof and last season's Ten Times Table that make good use of limited resources, and a taste for saucy modern musicals such as Victor/Victoria and Ruthless, we won't be surprised to see Masquers making its neighbors laugh for another fifty years.

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