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Jesus Christ Superstar 

When: Thursdays, 8-10 p.m., Fridays, 8-10 p.m. and Saturdays, 8-10 p.m. Continues through Nov. 23 2013
Price: $15-$20
Regardless of your religious inclinations, it certainly feels like the world could use a savior (or fifty) right about now. Jesus Christ Superstar, a rock opera currently in production at Ohlone College (43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont), tells a fitting tale in our current climate of destruction, political stagnation, and the most obscene wage gap the world has ever known. Director Michael Navarra has taken the basic premise of the biblical story, which follows Jesus during the last week of his life, and resurrects it in a grim and apocalyptic setting. For a community college production, Jesus Christ Superstar was damn impressive — glitzy but lucid, not falling into the camp arena, as other productions tend to — and so was the cast and crew’s ability to pull of a fully realized musical before midterms. The final scene where (spoiler alert!) Jesus’ crucified body is carried out by his disciples was hauntingly evocative, and the ghostly lighting top-shelf. Some of the music may be clunky and the lyrics laughably dated, but Jesus Christ Superstar still knows how to rock. While the musical might fall short of the divine, its scrupulous staging and vocal aplomb may, like its martyred protagonist, make you rise up at the end.
— Anna Pulley


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