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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pick of the Day: Open Sesame! A Bollywood Pantomime

Posted on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM

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Like “Aladdin’s Wonderful Lamp,” “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” is a folk tale translator Antoine Galland inserted into One Thousand and One Nights (aka Arabian Nights). Since the 1700s, the story — about a poor young man who finds himself in a sticky situation after learning the secret password to a loot-filled cave — has inspired myriad adaptations including Oscar Asche’s record-breaking 1916 musical Chu Chin Chow, the 1942 Egyptian film Ali Baba We El Arbeen Haramy, the 1957 Bugs and Daffy classic “Ali Baba Bunny,” and now Rick Stemm’s Open Sesame! Kyle Gillette directs “the amazing, musical, martial, colorful, audience-driven, Bollywood-style, anachronistic, fantasy adventure kung fu musical you’ve always been waiting for.” $10-$14; 8pm Thu, Oct 11; The Gregg Barrios Theater at the Overtime, 1203 Camden, (210) 557-7562, theovertimetheater.org. Check out our full online calendar of upcoming events here: calendar.sacurrent.com.

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