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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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“Measure for Measure”: A Stylish Sting Operation, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

“Measure for Measure”: A Stylish Sting Operation, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

Millennial Notes Shakespeare’s Spotlight Shines on Washington by Rosa del Duca and Nicholas Leither At the heart of Shakespeare’s dark comedy “Measure for Measure” lies the abuse of power and the question of virtue. It is impossible to watch this 400-year old play performed with skill and passion at Cal Shakes, and not think of the current President of the United States. The parallel does not stem from the female-heavy casting choices, the eclectic costumes, or the magnificent set, but…

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“The Legend of Pink”—Unapologetically Herself, at Theatre Rhino, S.F.

“The Legend of Pink”—Unapologetically Herself, at Theatre Rhino, S.F.

Millennial Notes Kheven LaGrone Rips the Mask off Transphobia  by Wes Adrianson In the basement of an abandoned Victorian house, Pink, a vivacious and defiant trans woman, has created her pink-washed sanctuary, in 1989 West Oakland. Despite the violence, hardship, and transphobia around her, Pink inspires us with her freedom, glamour, and magnetism. Kheven LaGrone’s “The Legend of Pink” at Theatre Rhino offers dazzling treasures. Pink recalls coming out as transgender, being forced out of her pastor father’s home, sleeping…

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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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