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Author: Pamela Feinsilber

“Marjorie Prime”—Memories Come Alive, but May Not Be True, at MTC

“Marjorie Prime”—Memories Come Alive, but May Not Be True, at MTC

Jordan Harrison’s Poignant Questions Take High-Tech Form by Pamela Feinsilber Jordan Harrison’s 2015 Pulitzer-finalist play “Marjorie Prime” opens with a living room conversation between Marjorie, in her ancient, tattered armchair, and Walter, on a sleek, narrow sofa. Although Marjorie is in her eighties and Walter is about 30, it’s soon apparent that they are looking back on their marriage. Walter is a Prime, a computer-generated holographic being who exists to learn and then share Marjorie’s memories with her. Since Marjorie…

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“Nijinsky”—Dancer’s Genius Flows Again, at S.F. Ballet

“Nijinsky”—Dancer’s Genius Flows Again, at S.F. Ballet

Choreographer Neumeier & National Ballet of Canada Celebrate Nijinsky’s Triumphs amidst Madness by Pamela Feinsilber As the dancers of San Francisco Ballet prepare to perform 12 (12!) world-premiere works in four programs beginning April 20, Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson has brought in the National Ballet of Canada to perform John Neumeier’s intense and ambitious “Nijinsky.” It’s a splendid gift to local ballet and theater audiences, because the large cast, sets, and costumes have been transported from Toronto for just a…

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“Sleeping Beauty” Stunningly Revived, by S.F. Ballet

“Sleeping Beauty” Stunningly Revived, by S.F. Ballet

Helgi Tomasson Sets Petipa’s Classic in Sumptuous Beauty by Pamela Feinsilber For a great night of theater, there’s nothing like a classic ballet, at least when performed as well and as sumptuously as San Francisco Ballet’s “Sleeping Beauty.” It is, after all, drawn from a fairy tale, with the story conveyed in dance and mime. In these cold, politically gloomy days, seeing glorious dancing, in gorgeous costumes, amid elegant sets, with Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music (performed by the San Francisco Ballet…

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“Colette Uncensored”: Lorri Holt Triumphs as Colette, at The Marsh, Berkeley

“Colette Uncensored”: Lorri Holt Triumphs as Colette, at The Marsh, Berkeley

Zack Rogow & Lorri Holt Bring Us Colette—Sex & Scandal by Pamela Feinsilber Bay Area audiences have admired Lorri Holt for decades. She was the original Harper Pitt in Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” which, longtime theatergoers will remember, premiered in San Francisco in 1991. More recently, she was the hilarious yet touching Masha in Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at Berkeley Rep. Now she’s doing something different and arguably more daring. For seventy-five minutes, she…

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