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Author: Kim Waldron

“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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“Black Rider”: A Magical Outing, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“Black Rider”: A Magical Outing, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

Burroughs & Waits’ Bargain with the Devil Fascinates by Kim Waldron “Adult fairy-tale musical” sounds off-kilter, but what better entertainment for off-kilter times? Imaginative writing, top caliber performances, and rhythmic storytelling guarantee an intriguing evening. Exquisite grotesque characters inhabit a hilarious, sinister world. Gorgeous devil Pegleg (Rotimi Agbabiaka) limps as he walks on one flat heel black boot and one very spiked heel red boot. Sporting sparkly black pants with red suspenders and no shirt, plus golden feathery ruffled arms,…

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“You’re Going to Die” Proves Irresistible, at Swedish American Hall, S.F.

“You’re Going to Die” Proves Irresistible, at Swedish American Hall, S.F.

Living and Making Art in the Face of Death by Kim Waldron “You’re Going To Die” might be the only place in the USA where death is regularly and easily discussed, then set to really great music. It’s one of those odd, noteworthy things San Francisco produces now and then, like Emperor Norton, the Beats, or the Cacophony Society.Stories get told, poetry read aloud, and music plays—all about death and grief. Presenters take on the issue of capital “D” Death,…

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