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“Doin’ a-what Comes Natur’lly”

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Spreckels Center's production of "Annie Get Your Gun."

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And you should do what comes “natur’lly,” and get yourself to the Spreckels Center for their rollicking good fun production of “Annie Get Your Gun,” which proves definitely that, “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

Of course no one can critique Irving Berlin and this classic is perhaps his best, but this production is outstanding: well crafted, well acted and superbly sung, from the performers who portrayed “Annie’s” young sibling, to the leads.

Towering Zachary Hasbany, Frank Butler (I’m amazed the Worriers or Lakers haven’t snagged him) and diminutive Denise EliaYen, Annie Oakley made a striking couple, and not just by appearances – their voices are rich and clear and perfect for their roles, taking their parts seriously but with the whimsy needed to make their characters really work. I think Irving would have been pleased.

My Defenses, were indeed, Down,” from the moment the curtain went up. If you need to be reminded that, “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” then you should do yourself a great big favor and be sure to take in this rollicking good production.

Hats off to Gene Abravaya, artistic director of the Spreckels Theater Company and all the cast and crew who have so aptly made this experience available to you. There are five more performances, February 20th through the 23rd, with matinee and evening performances on Saturday the 22. For tickets and information visit The Spreckels Center.

Supporting local theater is a worthy and rewarding activity. Yes, we here in the North Bay, live close to one of the theater and music centers of the world; with the San Francisco Opera, Symphony and Ballet, the San Francisco Jazz Center and the ACE being just a bridge toll away; but this folks is right here, right in our own back yard. Easy access, easy parking, easy on your pocket book and extremely easy on your eyes and ears. AND it’s great good fun. Thought you had nothing to do this coming week? Well, how you do.

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