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“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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“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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“Edward King” Channels Greeks in Comic Mode, at Central Works, Berkeley

“Edward King” Channels Greeks in Comic Mode, at Central Works, Berkeley

Garry Graves Goes Subterranean, Seeking Strange Fungus by Barry David Horwitz What is Gary Graves’ “Edward King” really about? What does the voluble Edward King (the vital John Patrick Moore) tell us about having a job, a wife, a mortgage, and a kid away at school in today’s America? Well, the news is not good—the U.S. mailman is over-extended, under water in debt, and overburdened by the obstacles of living a working life in 2017. Off-stage forces control him—and they…

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“Guards at the Taj” Sounds Alarm on Tyrants, at Marin Theatre Co., Mill Valley

“Guards at the Taj” Sounds Alarm on Tyrants, at Marin Theatre Co., Mill Valley

Rajiv Josef Unearths Tortures that Haunt US by Barry David Horwitz Rajiv Josef has written a mind-boggling play that flows lyrically from a powerful writer, winning the 2016 Obie Award for Best Off-Broadway new play. It’s hard to resist Josef’s ideas and images, as they wash over the stage from the stately Indian gate by Annie Smart that dominates the set. Beyond the gate, the construction of a world famous monument is about to be unveiled. Behind the massive wooden…

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