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First Posted: 12/10/10 03:26 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a weekly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditional Haiku form of 5x7x5 syllables, others might be a sonnet or a string of words together. This week Dorothy Spears, Peter Frank, George Heymont, and Laurence Vittes give quick takes on performing and visual art from San Francisco to New York. Is there a show or performance that you think people should know about? Write a Haiku with a link and shine a light on something you think is noteworthy too.

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VIDEO: Backwards in High Heels Trailer

WHAT:'Backwards in High Heels: The Ginger Musical'
San Jose Rep
Through December 19


HAIKU REVIEW
: Backwards In High Heels: The Ginger Musical is an energetic musical biography of Ginger Rogers featuring a cast of six gung-ho performers who give it their all. The show's title derives from Ginger's caustic description of her partnership with Fred Astaire: "I do exactly what he does for half the money, and I do it backwards and in high heels." Rogers is depicted as a talented, ambitious, and aggressive young woman pursuing stardom over the objections of her overly protective mother. Unlike Gypsy (which chronicles the birth of Gypsy Rose Lee's career) or Funny Girl (which follows the personal struggles of Fanny Brice), Backwards In High Heels cannot rely on an ugly duckling's transformation to win the audience's sympathy. - George Heymont
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