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“The Fantasticks” Delight! at Novato Theater Company

“The Fantasticks” Delight! at Novato Theater Company

Tom Jones Remembers the Time of Our Youth by Robert M. Gardner The opening lines of “The Fantasticks” run: “Try to remember the time in September / When life was slow and oh so mellow…”–setting the mood for this stunningly popular musical. The dashing baritone El Gallo (impressive Phillip Percy Williams) opens with the oft-recorded “Time to Remember” to an appreciative audience. The lyrics still echo in our minds. When we leave the theater, we remember our own past loves…

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“Dance of the Holy Ghosts” Takes Us to Church, at Ubuntu, Oakland

“Dance of the Holy Ghosts” Takes Us to Church, at Ubuntu, Oakland

Marcus Gardley: Poet of Dysfunctional Love  by Robert M. Gardner Marcus (talented Michael Curry) recites poetry as he fumbles through puberty and on to adulthood, the mediator for his fractured family. Ubuntu Theater’s “Dance of the Holy Ghosts” by Marcus Gardley uses the talents of an all-Black cast to tell a powerful Oakland story in music and poetry. As we enter the Oakland Peace Center, Director Michael Socrates Moran’s impressive cast of versatile actors and gifted singers sweep us away…

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“Between Us” Forges New Paths, at TheatreFIRST, Berkeley

“Between Us” Forges New Paths, at TheatreFIRST, Berkeley

Viñas, Sakata, Tracys’ Heroes Inspire by Robert M. Gardner TheatreFIRST steps out boldly in its premier production of “Between Us,” Part B–with three solo plays by Bay Area artists. Part B forcefully tells the stories of three neglected U.S. historical figures. These remarkable politically charged works question U.S. imperial politics, and sound the alert. In “La Profesora: The Story of Nibia Sabalsagaray,” written and directed by Noelle Viñas, we learn about the United States’ covert CIA Project Condor in Uruguay. Virginia…

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“A Streetcar Named Desire” Thrills, Chills, at Ubuntu Theater, Oakland

“A Streetcar Named Desire” Thrills, Chills, at Ubuntu Theater, Oakland

Lisa Ramirez Dazzles as Star-Crossed Blanche DuBois by Robert M. Gardner Tennessee Williams elicits emotions far beyond the daily lives of his working class characters in the 1940s French Quarter in New Orleans. Under the capable hands of Director Emilie Whelan, Ubuntu Theater Project injects new life into “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1947) and we are the grateful recipients. Stephanie Anne Johnson’s innovative lighting with naked light bulbs adds starkness to the red curtained bare stage. Theater in the round…

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