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“Pinky” Plucks Our Heartstrings, at Marin Onstage, San Rafael

“Pinky” Plucks Our Heartstrings, at Marin Onstage, San Rafael

Millennial Notes David Templeton Toys with Dungeons & Dragons by Tyler Jeffreys “Pinky” at Marin Onstage tells the story of two imaginative teenagers attempting a fairy tale romance. Combining nerdy references and gaming, “Pinky” makes an epic, fantastical romantic comedy. Dungeons and Dragons, the central nerdy reference, is a role playing board game about an imaginary medieval quest with friends. David Templeton’s two-hour narrative features the talented Melissa Claire as Pinky and playful Larry Williams (alternating with Jeffrey Weissman) as…

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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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