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“The Obligation” Delivers Life Lessons, at Potrero Stage, S.F.

“The Obligation” Delivers Life Lessons, at Potrero Stage, S.F.

Millennial Notes Roger Grunwald Embodies Holocaust Stories by Ishai Padawer I was excited to see “The Obligation” at Potrero Stage in San Francisco. Not because I had any idea about Roger Grunwald’s acting (it’s great), or about Nancy Carlin’s directing (it’s excellent). I was excited because I have an unhealthy obsession with the Holocaust since I grew up on a Kibbutz in Israel.  Like most other kids, my parents and teachers dragged me to annual Holocaust memorials, and I watched…

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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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“Blasted” Blows Holes in Hearts, Minds, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“Blasted” Blows Holes in Hearts, Minds, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Sarah Kane Links Private Longing to Military Invasion by Adam Kaddoura “Blasted” begins in a pristine hotel room in Leeds, England, but it does not stay immaculate for long. The stark, modern room begins a slow descent into hell: a mess on the floor, clothes hastily thrown about, worse to come. When the hotel room crumbles, the “Home Front” becomes a War Zone, a no man’s land. Thanks to the inventive, intriguing set designs of Nina Ball, we…

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“Cabaret” Celebrates Sally Bowle’s Independence, at CCCT, El Cerrito

“Cabaret” Celebrates Sally Bowle’s Independence, at CCCT, El Cerrito

Millennial Notes Kander and Ebb’s Historical Musical Hits Home! by Phil Fagundes The alt-right has risen in the East Bay. And I’m not just talking about the seemingly unending parade of Milo Yiannopoulos, Anne Coulter, Ben Shapiro, and others on the far right claiming their right to speak at Berkeley. Contra Costa Civic Theatre’s new production of “Cabaret” shows us just how terrifyingly relevant Kander and Ebb’s classic musical remains—especially in these days of returning “white supremacy” notions. Director Marilyn…

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