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Author: Robert M. Gardner

“The Song of the Nightingale” Takes Flight, at Town Hall, Lafayette

“The Song of the Nightingale” Takes Flight, at Town Hall, Lafayette

Min Kahng Puts Modern Twist on Classic Fairy Tale by Robert M. Gardner Set in Ancient China but with its feet firmly planted in the present, Min Kahng’s musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Nightingale” takes wing at Town Hall Theatre. Kahng’s infectious music harmonizes perfectly with the exuberant cast, making a light and carefree musical mood. Kids and their parents will be enthralled by the brilliant designs and the fast pace. Town Hall Theatre brings…

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“Barbecue” Sizzles with Satire, Comedy, at S.F. Playhouse

“Barbecue” Sizzles with Satire, Comedy, at S.F. Playhouse

Robert O’Hara Cooks Up Social Class Ridicule by Robert M. Gardner In a working-class community, we meet two O’Mallery families—one white, one black—who are gathering in the park for an intervention.  Springing from the fertile mind of prolific author Robert O’Hara and directed by the multi-talented Margo Hall, “Barbecue” treats us to subtle insights disguised as humor. In Act One, “Barbecue” relies heavily on gags and class stereotypes to display family dynamics.  When James T (hip, jiving Adrian Roberts) from…

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“Ain’t Too Proud—The Tempations” Dazzles with Harmony, at Berkeley Rep

“Ain’t Too Proud—The Tempations” Dazzles with Harmony, at Berkeley Rep

Otis Williams Reveals Facts Behind Music by Robert M. Gardner “Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations” takes us on a whirlwind tour of music by The Temptations, The Supremes, and other Motown groups that we have loved for five decades.  The Motown Sound is the soundtrack of my youth, growing up in the Midwest before MTV. Even in the racially charged 60s, no one could deny the beauty and artistry that exploded out of Motown. The music…

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“Rashomon” Explodes Reality, at Ubuntu Theater, Oakland

“Rashomon” Explodes Reality, at Ubuntu Theater, Oakland

Philip Kan Gotanda Strikes a Blow for Truth by Robert M. Gardner Say a lie long enough and loud enough, and it becomes the truth.  “Rashomon” In Philip Kan Gotanda’s new adaptation of “Rashomon,” fake news and “alternative facts” take on a life of their own, as he presents us with contradictory accounts of a Samurai warrior’s violent death. Gotanda uses Akutagawa as the name of his main actor, a writer. Akutagawa is also the name of the actual 1920s…

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