What Goes Around Comes Around in Karma, the Musical

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Misha Gonz-Cirkl, Sarah Newswanger, Rosely Aldrete (top), Katie McConaughy (bottom).

You can’t have a future without a past or present; every experience, interaction and choice shapes one’s destiny.

Karma, the Musical is based on the premise that you can’t get to where you are unless you follow the road that leads you there, looking in the mirror along the way. As a close friend always tells me, “You live and die by your choices.”

Through flashback sequences and flashy musical numbers, exploring Christine’s (Susan Hunter) life story, Karma, the Musical, a song and dance phenomenon, comes to life — almost larger than life on its rather small stage.

A slideshow/multimedia tribute to the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, highlighting the significant pop culture trends and icons, serves as the perfect segue to introducing each decade.

The concept of time travelling and possibly altering one’s life choices to create a different outcome reminded me of the film, Sliding Doors, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, where on one fateful day her decision could lead her into two entirely different directions. In Karma, Christine traces her life with the help of talented actresses Katie McConaughy (Chris); Brittany Beaudry (Gloria) and an amazing ensemble, from present day back to her youth.

The show provides a provocative glimpse into the ‘60s in particular, as it covers political/social issues of a sensitive nature: drugs, war/draft, abortion, feminism. Much like the universally popular Hair, this show’s lively original music, authentic costumes, and hippie vibe allows viewers of any generation to get a sense of that era, and all its angst and energy.

All that glitters on stage makes Karma, the Musical truly golden.

“Karma, the Musical” plays through Aug. 28th on Thursday, Friday, and Sat at 8 p.m. at Write Act Repertory, located at 6128 Yucca Street. Tickets can be reserved by calling 323-469-3113.

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