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“The Winter’s Tale” Twists & Turns, at African-American Shakespeare Company, S.F.

“The Winter’s Tale” Twists & Turns, at African-American Shakespeare Company, S.F.

Shakespeare Contemplates Second Chances by Irene Nelson An angry man puts his wife on trial, convinced she is pregnant by his best friend. The man is a king, adultery means treason. His wife forthrightly proclaims her honesty and virtue. The man writhes in his chair as he listens to her, seething, tortured, he embodies restrained fury. He seems to believe her for a moment, but then his certainty of her betrayal floods back. Eric Reid as Leontes twisting in that…

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“The Soiled Dove” Flies from Barbary Coast to Big Top, in Alameda

“The Soiled Dove” Flies from Barbary Coast to Big Top, in Alameda

Vau de Vire Burlesque Adds Circus to Dinner Theater by Irene Nelson Lightly clad in bright turquoise, including the feathers in her hair, eka.boo.button (aka Eka Malboeuf) carries a whiskey jug from which she has clearly imbibed too much. Rejecting the warnings of friends, she jumps on a rope which rises high into the air. She begins her acrobatics, lurching gracefully and nearly falling, repeatedly. I love a good fake-drunk aerialist act, so I adore Eka. At “The Soiled Dove,”…

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“Locus of Control” Blazes a Trail, at Bindlestiff Studio, S.F.

“Locus of Control” Blazes a Trail, at Bindlestiff Studio, S.F.

Jason Bayani Brings Poetry Slam Vibe to Migrant Tales by Irene Nelson Jason Bayani’s passionate one man show alternates between poetry, storytelling, and film to tell us his personal story, an episode in the last wave of Filipino migrants to the U.S. He pieces together the struggle to establish identity, and reveals how the Filipino uprooting has changed the generations. Bayani insists this story be on his terms, straying far from the sanitized history books.  An internationally known poet, he…

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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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