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“White” Blends Pigments Artfully, at Shotgun, Berkeley

“White” Blends Pigments Artfully, at Shotgun, Berkeley

Millennial Notes James Ijames Casts Black Magic by Tyler Jeffreys In James Ijames “White,” Black girl magic steals the show. Diana Ross. Gay White Man Gus’s imaginary friend Diana Ross tells him that his art needs to come from inside. Standing behind her microphone and swaying her hips, Diana advises Gus to let out his inner Black Girl! Diana Ross (sparkling Santoya Fields) magically appears from a hidden fog machine and multicolored lights. She dazzles in a shiny silvery, tight-fitting…

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“Sunday in the Park with George” Glitters, at S.F. Playhouse

“Sunday in the Park with George” Glitters, at S.F. Playhouse

Millennial Notes Sondheim, Lapine Playfully Pick Artist’s Brain by Tyler Jeffreys S.F. Playhouse’s “Sunday in the Park with George” takes a charming, colorful perspective on making art yesterday and today. My favorite number, “It’s Hot Up Here,” features every figure in George Seurat’s famous painting of Parisian workers relaxing on a Sunday afternoon.  They stand eerily still, complaining about living in their 2-D painting prison. This witty musical about an artist’s life unfolds like a brilliant cartoon fable. Secretive artist…

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“Measure for Measure” Mocks First World Problems, at Lunatico, Berkeley

“Measure for Measure” Mocks First World Problems, at Lunatico, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Shakespeare Says, “Get Over Sex Obsession!” by Tyler Jeffreys Think a fusion of Mad Max, The Purge, and The White House all in one. Theatre Lunatico uses Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” to create a surreal post-apocalyptic world. In this world,sex surrounds the citizens but is against the law (unless you’re married).  Scraps and trash hang on the walls along with sharp weapons, the world looks like a violent wasteland. Angelo—he’s no angel– worries about who is having sex,…

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“Straight White Men” Captivates Curious Minorities, at MTC, Mill Valley

“Straight White Men” Captivates Curious Minorities, at MTC, Mill Valley

Millennial Notes Young Jean Lee Reveals Anglo Anxieties by Tyler Jeffreys Young Jean Lee’s “Straight White Men” reminds us that we are more alike than we are different, even those of us who put on a front. I cannot imagine living under the pressure these guys endure. Afterwards, I thought: I should invite them to hang out with politically oppressed folks.   For pre-show music, director Morgan Gould bangs out an epic woman-power playlist. I feel welcome as I dance…

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