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“Toxic Avenger” Splits Our Guts, at The Stage, San Jose

“Toxic Avenger” Splits Our Guts, at The Stage, San Jose

DiPietro & Bryan Create a Cult for Climate Change by Tyler Jeffreys “The Toxic Avenger” musical centers around Melvin Ferd III (Will Springhorn, Jr.) who is thrown into a vat of radioactive nuclear waste, because he stands up to Tromaville’s corrupt Mayor Babs Belgoody (Allison F. Rich). The Mayor wants to make a profit off of the most polluted town in New Jersey.  Remind you of anyone? Melvin emerges from the glowing goo as the super strong Toxic Avenger. He…

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“The Roommate” Evokes Funny Female Feelings, at S.F. Playhouse

“The Roommate” Evokes Funny Female Feelings, at S.F. Playhouse

Jen Silverman Blends Iowa Housewife and Bronx Vegan by Tyler Jeffreys They say relationships teach us about ourselves, and that we grow after each one ends. Jen Silverman’s “The Roommate” gives us an introspective glimpse into two retired women as they fondle the unexpected. Silverman’s dark comedy follows a Midwestern homeowner Sharon and Robyn her new, wilder roommate from New York City. Fleeing New York, Robyn simply wants to keep the environment calm and resist temptations. But Sharon 2.0 wants…

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“Spell Eternity” Tickles Nerdy Fantasies at Quantum Dragon, S.F.

“Spell Eternity” Tickles Nerdy Fantasies at Quantum Dragon, S.F.

Alandra Hileman Casts off Our Expectations by Tyler Jeffreys Finally, some theater for fantasy nerds! Quantum Dragon Theatre presents “Spell Eternity” by Alandra Hileman at The Mojo Theatre in San Francisco. “Spell Eternity” has everything we want in an epic tale: sword fights, first loves, monsters, and a nosy hermit who speaks in riddles (the playful Karl Shackne). We jitter with anticipation as the familiar dynamics of a modern medieval fantasy story unfold. “Spell Eternity” takes place in a fantastical…

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CAL Theater Alums Inspire at U.C., Berkeley

CAL Theater Alums Inspire at U.C., Berkeley

College Students Take Education by the Reins by Tyler Jeffreys On Thursday, March 16, the U.C. Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies offered its 2017 Alumni Panel to inspire students during a Q. and A. session between current students and theater professionals. When I entered the intimate and homey Durham Studio Theater at CAL, Berkeley, students are talking as they pick out seats in the small theater with a curved proscenium stage. About 40 students and faculty members…

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