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Author: Kim Waldron

“Measure for Measure” of Lust and Rage, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

“Measure for Measure” of Lust and Rage, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

Shakespeare Gets Masterful Acting, Stylish Staging by Kim Waldron Director Tyne Rafaeli stages Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” in contemporary times. The brilliant modern costumes give us our first clue to this production’s spirit. Some characters sport regalia: police wear uniforms, government officials sport “suits,” nuns float in their habits. But the citizenry? They all wear the garb of punk resistance. We know these clothes from the young artists in San Francisco and Oakland who demand affordable rent, gather to Occupy,…

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“How Not to Die”: Darkly Comic Insights, at Fringe Festival, S.F.

“How Not to Die”: Darkly Comic Insights, at Fringe Festival, S.F.

Sherri Rose Offers Advice for an Uncertain World by Kim Waldron Dressed in somber, nondescript slacks and shirt, Sherri Rose works with minimal props in her solo show “How Not to Die.” Initially, she is brightly earnest, a kind of cheerful teacher, referring to studies and research. By the end, passion drives her words. In addition to providing statistics on such things as how often plane crashes occur, she portrays several characters from her life and from interviews with others….

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“Pint Sized Plays” Bring Melting Pot of Ideas to PianoFight, S.F.

“Pint Sized Plays” Bring Melting Pot of Ideas to PianoFight, S.F.

Six One-Act Plays Offer Joy for Everyone by Kim Waldron Need a reminder why we’re lucky to live in San Francisco in these new-monied, small-hearted times?  “Pint Sized Plays” provides one hell of a good reason with free, repeat FREE, six lively one-acts with colorful characters.  Their rules: action set in a bar, written by locals, and the length of a play cannot exceed the time it takes for one of its characters to drink a beer. The action must…

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“How To Be a White Man”: Lively Lessons at FaultLine Theater, S.F.

“How To Be a White Man”: Lively Lessons at FaultLine Theater, S.F.

Luna Malbroux Brings Heart & Humor to Social Justice by Kim Waldron Who better to deconstruct white male privilege than a queer Black woman, especially when she’s a gifted comedian? And especially when assisted by an extraordinarily talented group of actors? Luna Malbroux and Jennifer Lewis brew magic in “How to Be a White Man” by mixing Luna’s interviews with strangers across the country, her stand-up routine, and stories from her personal life. Sitting in the front row, waiting for…

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