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Author: Svea Vikander

“Partition” Exposes Dirty Math of Colonialism, at Indra’s Net, Berkeley

“Partition” Exposes Dirty Math of Colonialism, at Indra’s Net, Berkeley

Director Bruce Coughran Invites Us to Pity Genius by Svea Vikander and Edward Boyda “Partition” is not a play about math. Director Bruce Coughran has made mathematics into a language and a backdrop on which to tell the story of the relationship between the brilliant Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (Heren Patel) and his mentor, British professor G. H. Hardy (Alan Coyne).  A shared obsession and tenderness draw the uptight Hardy and spiritual Ramanujan together, even as culture, colonial power, and…

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“Participants” Challenges Reviewers’ Shit, at TheatreFIRST, Berkeley

“Participants” Challenges Reviewers’ Shit, at TheatreFIRST, Berkeley

Jon Tracy Instigates No-Holds-Barred Debate on Race, Class, Gender by Svea Vikander and Edward Boyda In “Participants,” twelve short plays by TheatreFIRST at Live Oak Theater, genres spill one into another, as the audience spills into actors.  Play Four, “Living Proof,” features writer Skyler Cooper as actor and character, telling a moving, personal story of a Black man coming to embrace his identity.  In the moments Cooper is on stage, we might be listening to the Moth Radio Hour—but more intimate,…

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“Roe” Versus Women, Mothers, Others, at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

“Roe” Versus Women, Mothers, Others, at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

The play draws us in with the tension of competing narratives: the story as told by polished lawyer Sarah Weddington (Sarah Jane Agnew) who, along with Linda Coffee (a convincingly eccentric Susan Lynskey), argued the case; and the life and opinions of spunky Norma McCorvey (Sara Bruner), the pregnant and feisty “Roe,” who claims the lawyers deceived her into pressing the case.

Sandra Tsing Loh Smashes Sandcastles at Berkeley Rep

Sandra Tsing Loh Smashes Sandcastles at Berkeley Rep

In her show “The Madwoman in the Volvo” at the Berkeley Rep, Sandra Tsing Loh tells a story that needs to be told. Accompanied by only two other cast members—the remarkably fluid Caroline Aaron and quietly discerning Shannon Holt—Tsing Loh dissects and dismantles our most prized stereotypes about middle age, menopause, and motherhood.