My favorite things to read in this publication—and most every publication—are the arts and food reviews. I live by them. I come to learn who the critics are and see the patterns. If they like something and I hate it, then I know how to judge what they are saying in the future.
That’s what got me to the play “Karen with a K: A Rock Opera” Saturday night at the Corralitos Cultural Center. Critic Richard Stockton raved about it, so off I went, bringing my 7-year-old son, who is obsessed with Karen culture. We howl together at the YouTube video collections of complainers.
So, despite the rave, I underplayed my expectations, figuring it’s local and not Broadway, but could be good. Also, earlier we paid $100 to go to a Karen restaurant show in San Francisco that was a huge disappointment. If you see an ad for it, trust me, it’s terrible. All they did was yell at patrons and curse, with no wit or humor.
Not so for our local version, which to me was as funny and inventive as “The Book of Mormon,” for which we paid hundreds of dollars on Broadway. Writer Laura Strange really hit this one out of the park and the singers—Judy Appleby, Stephanie Madrigal and Bonny June—and the backing band were phenomenal.
I really could see this going all the way to the big time. One caution: don’t bring kids unless they can handle swear words. Mine can, but he was aghast every time they sang about a “shitty day.” He wasn’t offended, just surprised. It was hilarious.
I want to see it again and I highly recommend it for you next time they perform. We’ll keep you posted.
Another critic I’m so lucky to get to work with is Christina Waters, who writes food and culture for us. Her cover story this week celebrates another great Cruz success story: Annieglass, a tale of a woman who battled the odds and made an international brand, right here.
We are so lucky and blessed to live in a small town that produces huge talents.
BRAD KAVA | EDITOR
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