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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Beguiles at Livermore Shakes

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Beguiles at Livermore Shakes

Shakespeare Under the Stars Works Magic by Irene Nelson Let’s make it clear from the get-go:  this is one of the best, possibly the best, production I have seen in the last six months. “Midsummer” shows us three classes: the upper crust, working craftsmen, and magical beings. All of them bump heads in this sly, friendly, and funny version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Under the direction of Gary Armagnac, a superb cast shines at the Livermore Shakespeare Festival’s…

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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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