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Author: Kim Waldron

“Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” Exhilarating, at Crowded Fire, S.F.

“Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” Exhilarating, at Crowded Fire, S.F.

Alice Birch’s Women Revel in Un-Civil Disobedience    by Kim Waldron The career woman wants more time off from work.  The young girl is forced to marry her rapist. A woman feels trapped by even the idea of married life.  Fear of rape. Domestic violence as a family tradition. Everything in “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” reminds me of another woman I know. British playwright Alice Birch captures the world as it is. Then she issues a manifesto for revolution…

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“Lucia Berlin: Stories”–A Dark, Rich World, at Word for Word, S.F.

“Lucia Berlin: Stories”–A Dark, Rich World, at Word for Word, S.F.

A Spellbinding Journey, Unadulterated and Moving by Kim Waldron Ominous jazz music hints at danger, vaguely threatening figures creep in, bent over, shadowy, in a parade choreographed for menace not beauty. A woman asleep in the foreground wakes up, disoriented, then recognizes her surroundings: Detox Ward. She, Carlotta (sardonic Jeri Lynn Cohen), proceeds to describe the Detox experience, honestly, brutally, hilariously. Since she is the only woman in the Detox Ward, Carlotta inspires gallantry. All the patients get Nembutal at…

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“Road to Mecca” Intrigues at Pear Theater, Mountain View

“Road to Mecca” Intrigues at Pear Theater, Mountain View

Athol Fugard’s Homage to Art and Friendship Inspires by Kim Waldron I couldn’t stop staring at the marvelous room on the stage as I waited for the play to begin. The vividly painted green and gold walls actually sparkle. Curious objects are scattered around, one small delight after another. The stage invites us in—not to an artist studio, but a home. Elderly Helen Martins, an Afrikaner widow and artist, lives here in the remote South African desert, in 1974. Two…

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“Avenue Q”—Well Worth the Jaunt, at NCTC, S.F.

“Avenue Q”—Well Worth the Jaunt, at NCTC, S.F.

Witty Musical Comedy Pornifies Sesame Street by Kim Waldron Songs ranging from “You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You’re Makin’ Love)”  to “Schadenfreude” to “It Sucks to Be Me”  guarantee laughter and a light heart in the now-classic “Avenue Q,” a racy version of Sesame Street. “Avenue Q” has grown into a bona fide holiday tradition— extended two weeks even before it opened. “Avenue Q” has what every tradition needs: energy and joy, plus the…

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