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“Ageless” Rethinks Growing Old, at Quantum Dragon, S.F.

“Ageless” Rethinks Growing Old, at Quantum Dragon, S.F.

Millennial Notes Bridgette Dutta Portman’s Sci-Fi Pleasures Leap to Life by Gilad Barach To put it simply, “Ageless, or the Revolt of the Flesh” is entertaining! Isn’t that the true goal of every performance? Jess McGovern’s charmingly simple futuristic costume designs and Miles Callan’s ingenious gadgets provide enough to make us smile. But, the cast and team go beyond mere satisfaction. “Ageless” provokes us to think. Daring director Katja Rivera beautifully fills scenes with layers of narratives, interrupting dialogues with…

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“Bright Star” Shoots for the Moon, at Curran, S.F.

“Bright Star” Shoots for the Moon, at Curran, S.F.

Millennial Notes Martin and Brickell Blend Banjos and Blessings by Tyler Jeffreys “Bright Star” celebrates U.S. pride in Deep South music and culture. The Tony-nominated musical, now at The Curran Theater, showcases Steve Martin’s playful comedic style with dynamic dialogue and love for the banjo. In this musical, the book outshines the music. The show begins with the whole company singing “If You Knew My Story.” Each character, intent on following her or his own bright star, seeks light in…

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“School for Scandal” Satirizes Twitter, Trump, Tech, at Theatre Lunatico, Berkeley

“School for Scandal” Satirizes Twitter, Trump, Tech, at Theatre Lunatico, Berkeley

Millennial Notes  Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s Comedy Updated at La Val’s  by Gilad Barach When Sir Peter Teazle (lovable Michael Barr) discovers his wife, Lady Teazle (unapologetic, powerful Jennifer Greene) hiding in Joseph Surface’s office, the cozy stage of La Val’s Subterranean Theater makes the suspense palpable. As the characters in “School for Scandal” repeatedly conceal and reveal their sins, each time with a refreshing spin, they force a question on us: What are we hiding? Director Tina Taylor’s modernized version…

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“CSU Ferguson”: An Emotional Ride, at East Bay State, Hayward

“CSU Ferguson”: An Emotional Ride, at East Bay State, Hayward

Millennial Notes Ann Fajilan Gives Voices to America’s Pain by Rudy Namikis Over the course of “CSU Ferguson,” at Cal State, East Bay, thirty college students have a chance to tell their stories of suffering and injustice. The stories range across systemic racism, illegal immigration, mental disability, and hate speech. Even the stage manager, Grace Ortega, wheelchair bound, comes front and center to tell her story. The girl, always needing help, ever the charity case, decides she’s had enough. No…

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