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Wednesday, Feb 20 2013
Disney’s animated version of the story of Aladdin had a lot going on. There were the Broadway-worthy songs, Robin Williams hamming it up as the voice of the genie, and let’s not forget Princess Jasmine’s belly-baring harem pants ensemble. Do you know what that story was missing, though? Over-the-top Bollywood dance sequences. Bay Area theater company Solskrit rectifies this oversight with its latest production, “Genie: A Touch of Magic.” They relocate the action from the Chinese town of the original story in The Book of the Thousand and One Nights to the slums of Mumbai but retain the fantastical elements commonly associated with the folktale. Solskrit’s Aladdin starts out a penniless orphan but soon enough goes through a genie-enabled transformation into a somebody who’s somebody. But you know what they say about not being able to put the genie back in the lamp. It wouldn’t be a true Bollywood adaptation without some serious melodrama, and of course all of the action onstage is supplemented by those aforementioned dance sequences. Considering the cast is over 60 actors and dancers strong, these are not subdued numbers. We suspect you might find yourself practicing your own post-show dance moves in front of a mirror at home. Whether you do it in a Princess Jasmine costume is your own concern.
March 2-3, 1 & 6 p.m., 2013

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