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“Leaving the Blues”: Alberta Hunter Comes OUT, at NCTC, San Francisco

“Leaving the Blues”: Alberta Hunter Comes OUT, at NCTC, San Francisco

Jewelle Gomez Exposes Our Star-Spangled Bigotry  by Kim Waldron Playwright Jewelle Gomez and Director Arturo Catricala bring home a painful truth in the brand new play “Leaving the Blues.” We know bigotry hurts the victim and corrupts the oppressor. We prefer to forget that bigotry also compels the persecuted to betray one another to survive.   Internationally renowned 1920s Blues singer and song-writer Alberta Hunter had the backbone to face Jim Crow laws, homophobia, and misogyny over her long career. But…

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“John” Summons the Uncanny, at A.C.T., San Francisco

“John” Summons the Uncanny, at A.C.T., San Francisco

Annie Baker’s People Are Haunted—Not the House by Kim Waldron A play that includes orgasm from congress with the universe, a shaky partition between the real and the otherworldly, looking for love in the wrong places, as well as deep philosophical matters, asks a great deal of attention from an audience. In the case of “John” by Annie Baker, we have to consider a “Larger Presence” and Neoplatonism, both tossed out for our contemplation. Baker makes us think, and I,…

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“Ideation” Questions Authority at Marin Onstage, San Rafael

“Ideation” Questions Authority at Marin Onstage, San Rafael

Just Doing Their  Jobs  by Kim Waldron “Ideation” by Aaron Loeb asks us to think about things we would rather not consider. A dark comedy with equal measures of humor and dread, Loeb’s play baffles (and rattles) us, as we watch ace corporate consultants in brainstorming sessions. Gradually, the recognizable managerial types slip from cold calculation of probabilities to confused paranoia.  Unless, of course, it’s not paranoia, but righteous outrage—and fear. When they first get down to work, three engineers…

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“Hand to God” Brings Something Wicked to Berkeley Repertory Theatre

“Hand to God” Brings Something Wicked to Berkeley Repertory Theatre

There Be Demons in Robert Askins’ Puppet Tyrone by Kim Waldron I prefer my horror stories to be fabulous, rather than realistic. Give me an orange-haired, foul-mouthed, demon-possessed sock puppet named Tyrone over a mass murderer any day. Be aware, however, that the demon Tyrone in “Hand to God” is no amateur. He’s smart, funny, and knows both history and the human heart. His zest for evil is exceeded only by his commitment to maintaining his dominion over Jason, whom…

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