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“As You Like It”: Double Meaning Under the Stars, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

“As You Like It”: Double Meaning Under the Stars, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

Millennial Notes Jessika D. Williams Commands as Rosalind by Nicholas Leither The Bruns Amphitheate in the Orinda hills offers a singular charm to every performance. Here, you sit outside as the sun sets, burnishing the hills in gloaming light.  The air transforms from warm to chill, while birds—even the occasional bat—swoop behind the set.  What better place to stage Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” set mostly outside in a forest? And yet, in Cal Shakes new interpretation, the enchanting Forest…

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“Mother Night” Shines Light on Nazi Trickery, at Custom Made Theatre, S.F.

“Mother Night” Shines Light on Nazi Trickery, at Custom Made Theatre, S.F.

Millennial Notes Brian Katz & Kurt Vonnegut Collude on WWII Drama by Ben Sloan 2017 marks a resurgence of Russian collusion, Neo-Nazis, and American nationalism. What marks the dividing line between shady Russians, and white male oligarchs, like D.T., who now represents the much trumpeted “Freest” country in the world? It’s getting hard to tell. Custom Made Theatre’s smart and sizzling adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, Mother Night, brings cogent commentary to our contemporary crisis. Director Brian Katz has adapted…

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“Monsoon Wedding” Celebrates India at Berkeley Rep

“Monsoon Wedding” Celebrates India at Berkeley Rep

Millennial Notes Mira Nair Whips Up a Wonderful Marriage of East and West by Suraj Ramrakhyani Director Mira Nair must have decided early into production that she wasn’t going for a soft, dramatic performance. “Monsoon Wedding” is wild from start to finish. The world premiere musical at Berkeley Rep is based on her 2001 film, with added music and dance numbers—an altogether new creation. Although I’m not a big fan of musicals, the vocal performances by PK Dubey (Namit Das)…

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“The Mushroom Cure”: Comedic Insights in an Anxious World, at The Marsh, S.F.

“The Mushroom Cure”: Comedic Insights in an Anxious World, at The Marsh, S.F.

Millennial Notes Adam Strauss’s Epic Personal Story of Psychedelic Quest by Rudy Namikis For those who are experienced trippers or curious about the mystic world of psychedelics, Adam Strauss paints a vivid portrait of one man’s personal experience in the wide realm of mind-altering drugs and how they play with the demons of insanity. Strauss, a New York stand-up comedian, delivers a first-hand narrative of obsessive-compulsive thoughts, switching between two choices with increasing rapidity. Does he walk on this side…

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