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“The Vagina Odyssey” Refreshes Feminism, at Monkey House, Berkeley

“The Vagina Odyssey” Refreshes Feminism, at Monkey House, Berkeley

Sarah Kennedy Rediscovers Private Parts  by Sweta Chawla Sarah Kennedy has an alter-ego: she’s called Queen V; her funny, tenacious, and desperate “alter ego-gina.” V has been waiting for her moment to shine for decades, a veritable Miss Piggy under siege. Queen V delights us with the truth about Sarah’s inner journey toward feminine truth. The show is filled with juicy sensual adventures, and vivid self-discovery. V awakens Sarah to a feminist revolution that leads to the stage. She  opens…

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“Toba Tek Singh”: Sophisticated Musical Satire, by Naatak, Woodside

“Toba Tek Singh”: Sophisticated Musical Satire, by Naatak, Woodside

Sujit Saraf Rekindles the Partition of India & Pakistan by Sweta Chawla “Toba Tek Singh,” an insightful, thought-provoking, and witty musical by writer and director, Sujit Saraf, is based on a short story by Saadat Hasan Manto, which takes place a year after the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan. The title echoes the nickname given to Bishan Singh (spectacular Chanpreet Singh), who is a certified “madman.” Bishan Singh, an elusive character, lurks in the shadows of the political circus of…

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“Autobiography of a Terrorist” Provokes Laughter, Ideas, at Golden Thread, S.F.

“Autobiography of a Terrorist” Provokes Laughter, Ideas, at Golden Thread, S.F.

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh Asks, “What’s in a Name?” by Sweta Chawla “Autobiography of a Terrorist” by Golden Thread Productions ponders xenophobia, CIA cover-ups, Middle-Eastern wars, and childhood bullying, bringing humor and insightto these provocative issues. In “Autobiography,” Saïd, the actor, stands up for his people and against cultural appropriation. He exclaims to casting agents that they are ignorant about a culture hundreds of years older than theirs. When Saïd experiences a moment of pride, the Director (Cassidy Brown) sweeps it away….

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“Eat, Pray, Laugh!” An Indian Quest, at The Marsh, Berkeley

“Eat, Pray, Laugh!” An Indian Quest, at The Marsh, Berkeley

Alicia Dattner Seeks the Perfect Guru by Sweta Chawla More like a court jester than an L.A. princess, Alicia Dattner has not only performed stand up comedy for a dozen years, she actually has a degree in it. Who knew? Even after winning New York and San Francisco solo comedy awards, Alicia has taken her love of making people laugh, and given it a spiritual makeover. In “Eat, Pray, Laugh!” she stamps her unique touch on story-telling by bringing enlightenment…

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