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“The Obligation” Delivers Life Lessons, at Potrero Stage, S.F.

“The Obligation” Delivers Life Lessons, at Potrero Stage, S.F.

Millennial Notes Roger Grunwald Embodies Holocaust Stories by Ishai Padawer I was excited to see “The Obligation” at Potrero Stage in San Francisco. Not because I had any idea about Roger Grunwald’s acting (it’s great), or about Nancy Carlin’s directing (it’s excellent). I was excited because I have an unhealthy obsession with the Holocaust since I grew up on a Kibbutz in Israel.  Like most other kids, my parents and teachers dragged me to annual Holocaust memorials, and I watched…

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“How I Learned to Drive” Stings with Candor, at Custom Made Theatre, S.F.

“How I Learned to Drive” Stings with Candor, at Custom Made Theatre, S.F.

Paula Vogel Provides Tender Moments amid Frenzy by Ishai Padawer Learning to drive, like sex, is a rite of passage. In the new production of Paula Vogel’s “How I Learned To Drive” at Custom Made Theatre, director Katja Rivera points out that rites of passage can be dangerous and damaging. So dangerous, in fact, that we may not recognize the damage until it’s too late. Rivera focuses on the rituals that shape us. Li’l Bit (the committed Amanda Farbstein), a…

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“An Octoroon” Provokes Reflection at Berkeley Rep

“An Octoroon” Provokes Reflection at Berkeley Rep

Reflections . . . Jacobs-Jenkins Reveals: The United States Is an “Octoroon” by Ishai Padawer In the early moments of “An Octoroon,” the 2014 play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, we learn that an “octoroon” is a person who is 1/8th black. The playwright playfully calls his lead character “BJJ,” using him to vent that audiences think he is trying to “deconstruct race in America.” Complain he may, but he succeeds in making us think about the correlation between melanin levels and…

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Ishai Padawer

Ishai Padawer

Ishai Padawer works in cell culture process development. He has a few years of experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, but has always enjoyed writing. He also likes reading plays and seeing them performed. He has never published any writings before Theatrius (unless you count a couple of scientific papers).