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Author: Jeremiah Wall

“Reel to Reel” Opens Our Ears to Love, at Magic Theatre, S.F.

“Reel to Reel” Opens Our Ears to Love, at Magic Theatre, S.F.

John Kolvenbach Offers Antidote to Cynical Times by Jeremiah Wall On the way to see Magic Theatre’s World Premiere of John Kolvenbach’s “Reel to Reel,” I  stopped  to listen to sound artist Bill Fontana’s revival of a 1981 installation at Fort Mason’s Pier 2.  The sound of foghorns glided through the early evening air, and Alcatraz loomed, dimly lit in the Bay.  “Reel to Reel” is about a different form of captivity,  a marriage made in sound, capturing intangible frequencies…

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“Metamorphoses”: Poolside Thrills, at The Playhouse, CAL, Berkeley

“Metamorphoses”: Poolside Thrills, at The Playhouse, CAL, Berkeley

Zimmerman, Herold, Ball: Make Magic with Blue & Gold  by Jeremiah Wall On a smoky, apocalyptic night, U.C. Berkeley’s Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies immersed us all in Mary Zimmerman’s spectacular swimming pool setting of Roman poet Ovid’s “Metamorphoses.” With Director Christopher Herold at the helm, we sail smoothly over the waters. At times jarring and soothing, the play depicts love’s magical transformations, illustrating the power of classic myths to draw out our emotions. “Metamorphoses” makes a star out of…

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“Grandeur” Grows for Gil Scott-Heron, at Magic Theatre, S.F.

“Grandeur” Grows for Gil Scott-Heron, at Magic Theatre, S.F.

Han Ong Recalls Revolutionary Singer-Activist by Jeremiah Wall The title of Han Ong’s play “Grandeur” must be ironic, since the setting in a dimly-lit Harlem apartment is anything but grand. Ong has penned an imagined encounter between the pioneering performance poet, Gil Scott-Heron (a superb Carl Lumbly), and a young journalist from The New York Review of Books, Steve Barron (an earnest Rafael Jordan). The play shows us Scott-Heron past his prime, living with a younger woman, Miss Julie (electric…

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“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”: Prophets in the Outback, at Rhino, S.F.

“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”: Prophets in the Outback, at Rhino, S.F.

John Fisher Goes Fabulous for Magical Musical  by Jeremiah Wall Director John Fisher and Theatre Rhinoceros are staging “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” tapping a rich vein of song, dance, and drag—with colorful costumes galore. Three Aussie queens, Dorothy-like characters, follow their yellow brick road, from the gay friendly, safe harbor of Sydney, to the threatening desert outback of Oz. Along the way, they find friendship, family, and finally, romantic love. Scenic Designer Gilbert Johnson’s Priscilla, the ramshackle bus that…

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