Theater & Performing Arts


When: Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Fri., Sept. 25, 8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 27 2009

There was some doubt as to whether Alameda Civic Light Opera would dare stage an unexpurgated rendition of the 1967 rock musical Hair, complete with the drug references and the famous naked scene that culminates Act 1. In fact, director Jeff Teague cut no corners in this production, and even added new bits of lurid choreography: At one point, the ensemble members all pile on top of each other in a karma sutra pyramid. Buoyed by a couple talented singers (Sophia Rose Morris as Crissy, Paulette Herring as Dionne, and Ryan Rigazzi as Claude), this Hair has all the tribal-love-rock infectiousness that it did three decades ago. A slide projection in the background shows images of the civil rights and peace movements, drug paraphernalia, vintage album covers, and rock music icons, all of which help reinforce the play's historical themes. That visual montage, coupled with Galt MacDermont's immortal soundtrack, prevent the play from being purely nostalgic. Through Sept. 27 at Alameda's Kofman Theatre (2200 Central Ave.). $30-$35.

Rachel Swan

Price: $30-$34

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