“Hedge” Grows Wild, Attacks Gentrifiers, at Playground Festival, Portrero Stage, S.F.

“Hedge” Grows Wild, Attacks Gentrifiers, at Playground Festival, Portrero Stage, S.F.

Robin Lynn Rodriguez Shows What Yuppies Really Want by Barry David Horwitz It doesn’t take much to trash the Yuppie Gentrifiers, near Maxwell Park, Oakland—or in S.F., or anywhere else, either.  But it’s such a pleasure to indulge in Yuppie-baiting. I, for one, enjoy it a lot—and we all try to ignore our part in it, too. I guess it’s mostly a generational thing—if you got into a house some decades ago, it’s cool. But if you are recently struggling…

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“Brilliant Lies” Laid Bare at Firescape Theatre, S.F.

“Brilliant Lies” Laid Bare at Firescape Theatre, S.F.

Playwright David Williamson Grapples with Sex and Power by Irene Nelson For thirty years I worked for unions—representing members on both sides of sexual harassment charges. For me, Firescape Theatre’s “Brilliant Lies” achieves the impossible by taking us past the bullshit and into the realites of these showdowns. David Williamson shows how facts matter little, while the “lies” reveal far more than they mask. It’s how a person feels about the facts that matters. It’s what motivates the lies that…

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“Monsoon Wedding” Dazzles at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

“Monsoon Wedding” Dazzles at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Mira Nair Imports Spectacle, Songs, Sweethearts—Bollywood Style by Robert M. Gardner “Monsoon Wedding” transports us to Delhi and gives us insights into modern India. This musical comedy reveals Indians’ stereotypes and candid views of Americans. I enjoyed learning about modern Indian culture and customs, and realize that Indian culture, like all cultures, is still in flux. “Monsoon Wedding” depicts the well-to-do Verma family’s frenzied preparations for the elaborate arranged marriage of their daughter, Aditi Verma (enchanting Kuhoo Verma) to the…

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“Smut” Celebrates Old-Young Sexual Play, at Word for Word, S.F.

“Smut” Celebrates Old-Young Sexual Play, at Word for Word, S.F.

Alan Bennett’s Short Story Brings Humor to Senior Sex Saga by Barry David Horwitz Alan Bennett’s story “Smut,” from the hand of a master of form, fiction, and fact, carries us through subtleties, secrets, and sleight of hand, as we watch Mrs. Jane Donaldson grow right out of her smiling sweet self into a sexy, sensual, smart Babe. Seniors have sex, too—get used to it! “SMUT: An Unseemly Story (The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson)” by celebrated British writer Alan Bennett…

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