October 30th, 2010

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Review: Thrilling 'West Side Story' revival even better than original

By Pat Craig

"West Side Story's" sparkling and emotionally engaging new revival opened Wednesday night in San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre. But there was quite a bit of sparkle and emotional engagement before the overture could start -- much of that due to the glowing embers of cell phones flickering like tiny campfires in the palms of the Giants' faithful.

The city's beloved baseball team was in the first game of the World Series and fans weren't going to let a little thing like an updated version of a classic American musical keep them from savoring every pitch until the "really, we're serious" version of turn off your cell phones alert was sounded. At the opening curtain, as an announcer informed us, the Giants were ahead, and by intermission, they had already won -- a fact that got some of the loudest applause of the evening.

And the show wasn't bad, either. It was incredible, in fact. Collapse )