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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”:  A Tropical Paradise, at African-American Shakespeare, S.F. 

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”:  A Tropical Paradise, at African-American Shakespeare, S.F. 

Millennial Notes Shakespeare Explores a Labyrinth of Love by Tyler Jeffreys I am ecstatic that my first live Shakespeare play is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at African-American Shakespeare Company. Some young thespians think that a Shakespeare production will be boring. They are way Wrong! In this “Midsummer,” the romantic fairy tale is transported to the small but culturally rich islands of Trinidad & Tobago. I would buy the audio book: William Shakespeare recited with Trinidadian accents! The music is a mix of soft electronic and island favorites like Calypso and Soca. And the…

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“Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations” Gives Goosebumps at Berkeley Rep

“Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations” Gives Goosebumps at Berkeley Rep

Millennial Notes Dominique Morisseau Proves Art Thrives with Activism by Tyler Jeffreys What a spectacle! I’m American, so I thought I knew all about The Temptations. I thought since I’ve seen the movie eight times, I could grasp the power these men commanded on stage. “Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations” brings the 60s back to life with thrilling young actors and soul-stirring music. The Motown style belongs exclusively to Detroit, Michigan, but the Motown experience belongs…

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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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“Hair”: Still Hirsute and Contradictory, at Great Star Theatre, S.F.

“Hair”: Still Hirsute and Contradictory, at Great Star Theatre, S.F.

Millennial Notes Sixties Tribal-Rock Musical Sage & Aging  by Phil Fagundes  As the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love draws to a close in San Francisco, Landmark Musical Theater has revived the classic musical “Hair.” The tribal rock musical celebrates the hippie counterculture of the 60s, and the protests against the Vietnam War. “Hair,” of course, refers to the luscious locks that grace the head of nearly each cast member, a rejection of the 50s crew cuts. The show…

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