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“The Mushroom Cure”: A Hilarious Ride through OCD, at The Marsh, S.F.

“The Mushroom Cure”: A Hilarious Ride through OCD, at The Marsh, S.F.

Adam Strauss Takes Us on a Fabulous, Perceptive Trip! by Kevin Marley and Barry David Horwitz We find comedians a trip. Now imagine a tripping comedian. Adam Strauss brings his New York Fringe Festival Award-winning “Mushroom Cure” show to The Marsh—and he is laugh out-loud funny. Adam opens our “doors of perception,” with the stories of his suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which he recounts with great good humor and charm. After we hear about his distressing experiences with perfectionism…

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“Battlefield” Updates Indian Epic on Destiny, at A.C.T., S.F.

“Battlefield” Updates Indian Epic on Destiny, at A.C.T., S.F.

Peter Brook Lays Bare the Bones of War   by Kevin Marley      Based on The Mahabharata, an ancient rambling Indian epic, “Battlefield” trims away every extraneous element to present a message of startling clarity and beauty. Each actor takes on many roles in this feast of stories, pearls on a precious string. Carol Karemera startles with her angular poses and stark beauty; and Jared McNeill makes us think of our common, self-doubting humanity. Sean O’Callaghan embodies the best of serene,…

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“The House of Yes” Redefines (ab)Normal, at Custom Made Theatre, S.F.

“The House of Yes” Redefines (ab)Normal, at Custom Made Theatre, S.F.

Wendy MacLeod Exposes Depravity in the Insular Elite by Kevin Marley Have you ever felt a little tension around the holiday table? Imagine that tension on steroids. Add a dash of betrayal. Include a bit of incest and stir. Now you have a picture of the twisted dysfunction and discord that churns in this dark comedy about an insular upper-class family, one stormy night in Washington, D.C. As the hurricane approaches, multiple twisted personalities swirl about “The House of Yes,”…

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“Summer in Sanctuary” Inspires Empathy at The Marsh, S.F.

“Summer in Sanctuary” Inspires Empathy at The Marsh, S.F.

Al Letson’s Rapid-Fire Memories Make Lives Matter  by Kevin Marley Al Letson is forced to deal with generational poverty and racism, when he consents to teach writing in a Summer Sanctuary program outside Jacksonville, Florida. Determined to make a difference, Letson struggles for respect from children who are immersed in a culture of poverty and violence. Challenged at every step, his preconceptions about teaching change when he realizes the children see writing as merely punishment. When he confronts Biko, a…

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