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“The Mathematics of Love” Recalls Lost Memories, at Brava Theater, S.F.

“The Mathematics of Love” Recalls Lost Memories, at Brava Theater, S.F.

Millennial Notes Cherríe Moraga Works Our Imaginations to the Limit  by Bhavani Bindiganavile and Ben Sloan Cherríe Moraga’s “The Mathematics of Love” toggles between Mexico’s early colonial period (roughly 1500) and our contemporary time. Moraga challenges us to see the world through the eyes of a Chicana. All her characters have a past and present version of themselves—shuttling us rapidly through Time and Space. The show opens to Peaches (Rose Portillo) and her white husband, Poppa (George Killingsworth), discussing plans…

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“Black Odyssey”: A Spiritual Epic Triumphs, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

“Black Odyssey”: A Spiritual Epic Triumphs, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

Millennial Notes Marcus Gardley’s Epic Tale of Struggle and Perseverance by  Adam Kaddoura At Cal Shakes, Director Eric Ting has spectacularly staged Marcus Gardley’s spiritual story of African American life. “Black Odyssey,” based on Homer’s Odyssey, transforms Ulysses into Ulysses Lincoln, an Afghan War veteran. Gardley turns The Odyssey into an epic journey home for our Black American hero. Local playwright Gardley has given us a triumphant story grounded in Oakland lore.  The cast features plenty of talented actors playing…

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“The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence” Dials-up, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence” Dials-up, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

Madeleine George Troubleshoots Love Connections by Tyler Jeffreys In “The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence,” the character called Watson embodies a human version of iPhone’s Siri. Watson is the perfect companion in every situation. Set in parallel dimensions, three storylines blend fluently into one love triangle. Director Nancy Carlin smartly maneuvers the actors around the stage like chess pieces, creating smooth transitions. At one moment, Merrick (brilliant Mick Mize) is tying his tie and getting ready for his 2011…

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“The Other Place”: A Roller Coaster of the Mind, at Symmetry Theatre, Berkeley

“The Other Place”: A Roller Coaster of the Mind, at Symmetry Theatre, Berkeley

Millennial Notes  Sharr White Conjures Competing Consciousnesses by Tyler Jeffreys “The Other Place” shows us how to empathize with a dementia patient. We follow a scientist, her family, and caregivers as she begins to enter that other world. Director Taylor Korobow places us inside the demented brain as it declines. The blue lit background periodically changes to magenta, indicating drastic mental shifts in Juliana Smithson (deeply committed Stacy Ross). Playwright Sharr White disturbs the balance between truth and delusion. So,…

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