Theater & Performing Arts

Becoming Britney

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8:15 p.m. and Sundays, 2:15 p.m. Continues through Nov. 21 2010

The script for CenterREP's new Britney Spears biopic isn't nearly as lurid as the Rolling Stonearticle that preceded it. Nor is it as knotted or tangled with plot-twists as the pop star's actual biography. Nonetheless, playwrights Molly Bell (who stars in the title role) and Daya Curley (who directs) had a good concept: Accost Britney in rehab, and goad her to write a musical. What results is a perfect catharsis. Britney tells her story in flashback: Overbearing mother (Amanda Folena), Mouseketeers, Star Search, "Hit Me Baby One More Time," husbands JT and K-Fed (both played by the marvelous Keith Pinto), babies, partying, meltdown, rehab. As a rule, the star's follies and humiliations get more stage time than her triumphs. She shines anyway, leading a series of dance numbers that mimic the choreography in Spears' real videos. Bell has moves. She looks a lot smaller than the actual Britney Spears, but she can still rock a blond wig and swagger around in a pair of go-go boots. Becoming Britney runs through Nov. 21 at DeanLesherCenter for the Arts (1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek). $25. CenterRep.org

Rachel Swan

Price: $25

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