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“Sisters Matsumoto”: Superb Acting, Chilling Message, at Center REP, Walnut Creek”

“Sisters Matsumoto”: Superb Acting, Chilling Message, at Center REP, Walnut Creek”

Philip Kan Gotanda Recreates Post-Internment Japanese Family by Suraj Ramrakhyani Playwright Philip Kan Gotanda gives us the feel and taste of a Japanese-American family’s isolation, when they return from internment—broken and bare—to their abandoned home in Stockton, California. After the Matsumotos were taken away and locked up for two years in a U.S. internment camp, they come home to  learn that their lives have  changed—for the worse. The terrible aftermath of the illegal incarceration of U.S. citizens comes across powerfully…

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“Overnight” Challenges Capitalist Cathedral, at Flight Deck, Oakland

“Overnight” Challenges Capitalist Cathedral, at Flight Deck, Oakland

Millennial Notes Anna Shneiderman Spotlights Oakland Gentrification Crisis by Ben Sloan “Overnight,” a new play by Oakland’s Flight Deck, thrusts “the now” right in your face.  The Flight Deck’s groundbreaking reflection of Oakland is just what the doctor ordered. “Overnight,” conceived by Anna Shneiderman, gives us a glimpse into a world where buildings rise up in one night, where a cup of coffee costs $4.00, and smart phones or “how your ass looks” occupies most of our alienated attention. “Overnight”…

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“Urinetown” Offers Once-in-a-Lifetime Lift, at Berkeley Playhouse

“Urinetown” Offers Once-in-a-Lifetime Lift, at Berkeley Playhouse

Danny Cozart’s Musical Satire Shines with Young Stars by Sydney Roberts Imagine a world where water is in short supply, where environmental funding is cut, where the world is run by a tyrannical big-business tycoon, and where corrupt policemen unfairly target citizens. No, I’m not talking about the U.S., today, I’m talking about “Urinetown: The Musical,” a superb show at Berkeley Playhouse, directed by Danny Cozart. “Urinetown” is a smash hit with catchy musical numbers and an enchanting  cast. “Urinetown:…

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“Breeders” Pits Human vs. Hamster Love, at FaultLine, S.F.

“Breeders” Pits Human vs. Hamster Love, at FaultLine, S.F.

Millennial Notes Dan Giles Creates Comedy Couples Bursting with Babies by Suraj Ramrakhyani Playwright Dan Giles presents “Breeders,” still warm and throbbing, full of love, passion, queerness, and quarrels at the FaultLine Theater, in San Francisco’s PianoFight. The set is rainbow colored, cartoon-like, and astutely designed. The main stage mirrors a hamster cage that sits on the table in the living room. What seems like a piece of modern furniture turns out to be a fully functioning human-scale hamster wheel….

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