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Author: Wes Adrianson

“The Normal Heart” Spurs Love and Action, at Theatre Rhino, S.F.

“The Normal Heart” Spurs Love and Action, at Theatre Rhino, S.F.

Millennial Notes Larry Kramer Relives the HIV/AIDS Crisis by Wes Adrianson Theatre Rhinoceros’ “The Normal Heart” stirs us to challenge the silence and to demand accountability from the powerful. 36 years after the first AIDS crisis, that traumatic memory still has its lessons for us. Director John Fisher’s “The Normal Heart” depicts the complex development of political resistance to HIV/AIDS, and ultimately, an existential struggle for the future of queer identity. Theatre Rhino reminds us that when silence is death,…

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“Imaginary Comforts”: Witty Stories Soothe Souls, at Berkeley Rep

“Imaginary Comforts”: Witty Stories Soothe Souls, at Berkeley Rep

Millennial Notes Daniel Handler, from Lemony Snicket to Ghostly Rabbit   by Wes Adrianson Coming of age alongside Daniel Handler’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, I grew to understand the complicated, dark nature of our lives. Handler’s new work “Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit” explores the ways that stories define our lives, lingering in our minds and conversations with a comforting, yet haunting permanence. The masterful Berkeley Rep production has all the ingredients of…

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“The Legend of Pink”—Unapologetically Herself, at Theatre Rhino, S.F.

“The Legend of Pink”—Unapologetically Herself, at Theatre Rhino, S.F.

Millennial Notes Kheven LaGrone Rips the Mask off Transphobia  by Wes Adrianson In the basement of an abandoned Victorian house, Pink, a vivacious and defiant trans woman, has created her pink-washed sanctuary, in 1989 West Oakland. Despite the violence, hardship, and transphobia around her, Pink inspires us with her freedom, glamour, and magnetism. Kheven LaGrone’s “The Legend of Pink” at Theatre Rhino offers dazzling treasures. Pink recalls coming out as transgender, being forced out of her pastor father’s home, sleeping…

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“Not A Genuine Black Man”: Wit and Warmth, at The Marsh, S.F.

“Not A Genuine Black Man”: Wit and Warmth, at The Marsh, S.F.

Millennial Notes Brian Copeland: A Genuine Black Genius by Wes Adrianson and Barry David Horwitz With the recent bigoted demonstrations in Charlottesville, anti-Black racism and white nationalism has reached a new peak. Racism has always existed in America—but the current President has charged the bigotry with new energy. Black and white identities are under a heightened collective awareness. Brian Copeland’s “Not A Genuine Black Man” reminds us of our nation’s history through Copeland’s personal history. Copeland weaves together anecdotes about…

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