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“End of the Rainbow”: Judy Dazzles Again, at Lesher Center, W.C.

“End of the Rainbow”: Judy Dazzles Again, at Lesher Center, W.C.

Janelle Lutz Sings the Highs, Lows of Judy Garland’s Life by Robert M. Gardner It is 1968 in a hotel room in London at the Ritz where Judy Garland (the spectacular Janelle Lutz) arrives with her fiancée Mickey Deans (the younger, suave Clinton Williams). Judy is playing a five week stand in a comeback tour at the Talk of the Town. Judy complains about the size of the room and the lack of alcohol. When Mickey Deans reminds Judy that…

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“Overnight” Asks, “What Price Progress?” at Flight Deck, Oakland

“Overnight” Asks, “What Price Progress?” at Flight Deck, Oakland

Power of the people keeps the flame growing strong. by Victor Cordell American society is a web of contradictions.  We have broken the mold of change by creating new cultures, mores, institutions, products, and processes.  Yet we vigorously resist change that wends too closely to our own doorstep. Oakland’s Ragged Wing Ensemble and its partners have created an interesting theatrical mash-up in response to recent real life events.  The trigger was the ground breaking for a high-rise a half block…

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“Sisters Matsumoto”: Superb Acting, Chilling Message, at Center REP, Walnut Creek”

“Sisters Matsumoto”: Superb Acting, Chilling Message, at Center REP, Walnut Creek”

Philip Kan Gotanda Recreates Post-Internment Japanese Family by Suraj Ramrakhyani Playwright Philip Kan Gotanda gives us the feel and taste of a Japanese-American family’s isolation, when they return from internment—broken and bare—to their abandoned home in Stockton, California. After the Matsumotos were taken away and locked up for two years in a U.S. internment camp, they come home to  learn that their lives have  changed—for the worse. The terrible aftermath of the illegal incarceration of U.S. citizens comes across powerfully…

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“Overnight” Challenges Capitalist Cathedral, at Flight Deck, Oakland

“Overnight” Challenges Capitalist Cathedral, at Flight Deck, Oakland

Millennial Notes Anna Shneiderman Spotlights Oakland Gentrification Crisis by Ben Sloan “Overnight,” a new play by Oakland’s Flight Deck, thrusts “the now” right in your face.  The Flight Deck’s groundbreaking reflection of Oakland is just what the doctor ordered. “Overnight,” conceived by Anna Shneiderman, gives us a glimpse into a world where buildings rise up in one night, where a cup of coffee costs $4.00, and smart phones or “how your ass looks” occupies most of our alienated attention. “Overnight”…

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