My mother used to take me to the theater and the Pantages was one of my favorites. I hadn't been there for decades until recently when I saw the Book of Mormon. The building's architecture is Art Deco and was opened in the 1930's. In 2000 it underwent a massive restoration and it's new appearance is stunningly elegant. The Book of Mormon was the most irreverent and delightful play I have seen in years. It's a religious satire that aims at organized religion and traditional music theater. It tells the story of 2 young Mormon missionaries who are hopelessly out of touch with the villagers of their assigned location, Uganda. The villagers were far more worried about a brutal war lord, war, famine, poverty and AIDS then they were in being "saved." It is a wonderful production. But, listen to the music several times BEFORE you see the production. It will really help to understand the nuances. It's now playing in San Francisco and I am going to go again!
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