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“Two Minds” Meld, then Clash, Brilliantly, at The Marsh, S.F.

“Two Minds” Meld, then Clash, Brilliantly, at The Marsh, S.F.

Lynne Kaufman Delights with Nobel Geniuses by Barry David Horwitz Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman, real life scientists, worked at an Israeli University—Amos, a mathematician and Daniel, a psychologist.  Each looks deeply into data and our daily choices. Amos is bubbly, mercurial, and unpredictable. Daniel is careful, strict, and organized. Amos is the optimist, Daniel the pessimist. They meet and help each other see into our future. Amos (loveable, irrepressible Brian Herndon) is all over the stage, bouncing around like…

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♦ Angels in America, “Perestroika” Flies Us to Heaven, at Berkeley Rep

♦ Angels in America, “Perestroika” Flies Us to Heaven, at Berkeley Rep

Kushner & Taccone Make Magnificent Miracles by Barry David Horwitz In “Perestroika,” Part Two of Angels in America, playwright Tony Kushner and director Tony Taccone take us on world-shaking, supernatural voyages.  Millennium has dawned and this time they fly us  to Heaven with Prior Walter and his seductive Angel. Prior (passionate Randy Harrison) discovers what’s wrong with the world and why he has AIDS. Prior learns the world is slowing down because God has retired–since the 1906 San Francisco earthquake….

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“What the Constitution Means to Me” Updates Us on Our Rights, at Berkeley Rep

“What the Constitution Means to Me” Updates Us on Our Rights, at Berkeley Rep

Heidi Schreck’s Personalized U.S. History Delivers the Goods by Barry David Horwitz Heidi Schreck plays the Constitution like a Stradavarius, deploying Amendments, lyrically, in defense of the rights of women, LGBT, and minorities. Heidi acquired her skills in a series of Constitutional debates, organized by the stingy palace guardians at the American Legion. On stage, we are confronted with a typical mid-century, mid-western American Legion war veteran meeting hall. We could be anywhere in Peoria or in Fresno. On the back…

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“Father Comes Home from the Wars” Unlocks a Worker’s Worth, at ACT, S.F.

“Father Comes Home from the Wars” Unlocks a Worker’s Worth, at ACT, S.F.

Suzan-Lori Parks Updates Civil War Slavery and Freedom by Barry David Horwitz In “Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts I, II, III)” Susan-Lori Parks alarms us with a slave named Hero who goes to the Civil War with his scurrilous white “boss-master.” Hero decides to go because The Colonel dangles freedom as a reward. Hero admits, “I will be helping out the wrong side.” How can a slave make such a decision? How does his decision affect other slaves/workers?…

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