I liked Carey Perloff’s “Higher” at ACT (or in this case the former Zeum at Yerba Buena) but was disappointed with the music supervision. In the past Carey has over-achieved with commissions and performances by the likes of Tracy Chapman and Madigan Shive, and Kitka. But in this case, for a play that takes place in the U.S. and Israel, I thought the music by Will McCandless (an SF Mime Troupe contributor) was paint by numbers. There was a cue drop for “Tzena Tzena” when the principal goes to Israel — isn’t that a 1950s song?
Not that I am an expert, but I asked Raya Zion of KZSU and Tribal Blues Band to forward me that fun, poppy current Israeli song she used to spin. I also posted previously about a Hebrew remake of Cake’s “I Bombed Korea” (general, not necessarily for “Higher”)