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Author: Kim Waldron

“Ain’t Misbehavin’”: A Crowd Pleaser, at 42nd Street Moon, S.F.

“Ain’t Misbehavin’”: A Crowd Pleaser, at 42nd Street Moon, S.F.

Fats Waller and Friends Still Swingin’ and Jivin’  by Kim Waldron Picture two men dressed to the nines, bowler hats to spats, with three women, draped in purple, shimmery green and scarlet dresses. They dance and sing to “Handful of Keys,” Fats Waller’s 1933 love song to the piano. Suddenly, the dapper five line up across the stage without missing a step. They extend right and left hands and demonstrate how to play stride piano. It’s a stunner, the simultaneous…

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“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 At Cal Shakes, Director Tyne Rafaeli has staged a “Measure for Measure” for our time. The striking costumes offer a first clue to this play’s modern spirit. Shakespeare’s characters sport ironic regalia: police wear comical uniforms, government officials sport super-stylish “suits,” and nuns float in fancy habits. But the citizens all wear the garb of outrageous punk resistance. We know their clothes from the young artists in San Francisco and Oakland…

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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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