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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”:  A Tropical Paradise, at African-American Shakespeare, S.F. 

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”:  A Tropical Paradise, at African-American Shakespeare, S.F. 

Millennial Notes Shakespeare Explores a Labyrinth of Love by Tyler Jeffreys I am ecstatic that my first live Shakespeare play is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at African-American Shakespeare Company. Some young thespians think that a Shakespeare production will be boring. They are way Wrong! In this “Midsummer,” the romantic fairy tale is transported to the small but culturally rich islands of Trinidad & Tobago. I would buy the audio book: William Shakespeare recited with Trinidadian accents! The music is a mix of soft electronic and island favorites like Calypso and Soca. And the…

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“Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations” Gives Goosebumps at Berkeley Rep

“Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations” Gives Goosebumps at Berkeley Rep

Millennial Notes Dominique Morisseau Proves Art Thrives with Activism by Tyler Jeffreys What a spectacle! I’m American, so I thought I knew all about The Temptations. I thought since I’ve seen the movie eight times, I could grasp the power these men commanded on stage. “Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations” brings the 60s back to life with thrilling young actors and soul-stirring music. The Motown style belongs exclusively to Detroit, Michigan, but the Motown experience belongs…

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“Zenith” Turns U.S. Life Outside-In, at S.F. Playhouse

“Zenith” Turns U.S. Life Outside-In, at S.F. Playhouse

Kirsten Greenidge Shows What Class Inequality Means by Tyler Jeffreys and Barry David Horwitz Finally, a Black American play that is not about being Black. “Zenith” by Kirsten Greenidge reminds us that Black Americans are normal citizens who deal with the same problems as everyone else. The problems in “Zenith” are not related to race. With a powerful mostly Black cast, Director Lauren English takes on the American Dream’s tyrannical conformity and our idea of “Perfection.” With American culture comes…

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“The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence” Dials-up, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence” Dials-up, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

Madeleine George Troubleshoots Love Connections by Tyler Jeffreys In “The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence,” the character called Watson embodies a human version of iPhone’s Siri. Watson is the perfect companion in every situation. Set in parallel dimensions, three storylines blend fluently into one love triangle. Director Nancy Carlin smartly maneuvers the actors around the stage like chess pieces, creating smooth transitions. At one moment, Merrick (brilliant Mick Mize) is tying his tie and getting ready for his 2011…

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