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“All the Shah’s Men” Highlights CIA Conspiracy in Iran Coup, at Arabian Shakes, S.F.

“All the Shah’s Men” Highlights CIA Conspiracy in Iran Coup, at Arabian Shakes, S.F.

Matthew Spangler Reveals Strings behind Shah’s Puppet Regime  by Susan Dunn Iran is headline news, and “All the Shah’s Men” dives into the 1950s history of how we got to where we are today with this volatile nation. By re-enacting a 1953 U.S.-instigated regime change, Arabian Shakes challenged me to figure out who were the villains in the CIA’s “Operation Ajax,” and who they are today. “Ajax” was the first political coup by a fledgling CIA organization. carried out surreptitiously…

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“Eureka Day” Deliciously Skewers Best Parental Intentions, at Aurora, Berkeley

“Eureka Day” Deliciously Skewers Best Parental Intentions, at Aurora, Berkeley

Jonathan Spector Delivers Comic Send-Up in Facebook Fiasco  by Susan Dunn I had an “Oh No” feeling when I saw the private school parents’ board meeting assembled to resolve school issues. These meetings can be so boring! Not so, in the witty send up by Jonathan Spector of our current “progressive” communication style. Sitting in classroom kiddie chairs, the parents start to lose their meeting manners and act like children, cutting each other off verbally and acting out physically. The…

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“Hamlet” Fights for Justice, at Arabian Shakespeare Festival, S.F.

“Hamlet” Fights for Justice, at Arabian Shakespeare Festival, S.F.

William J. Brown’s Decisive Hamlet Purges His Nation  by Susan Dunn The Arabian Shakespeare Festival’s “Hamlet” comes with a modern political backstory of conquest and colonization. Director Kevin Hammond’s concept challenges us with an Arab Spring take on “Hamlet.” Hammond sees the Prince as a nationalist revolutionary, a fighter for justice against the corrupt Claudius. This interpretation rises to the surface occasionally, giving us food for thought. But the human drama of Hamlet comes to the fore, leading the charge….

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“Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes” Skewer Hollywood, at Arabian Shakespeare, S.F.

“Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes” Skewer Hollywood, at Arabian Shakespeare, S.F.

Yussef El Guindi Raises the Stakes on Selling Out  by Susan Dunn Picture a movie that starts with a Thanksgiving dinner suddenly invaded by a blood-seeking terrorist who tortures Dad with the turkey stuffing. How does an Arab actor psyche up to play that one-dimensional Hollywood stereotype? Is this funny? Yes, if it’s “Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes,” now running at the Arabian Shakespeare Festival in San Francisco. Playwright Yussef El Guindi is a prolific Egyptian American, with 16…

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