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“Man of La Mancha” Gives Dreamers Hope, at Custom Made, S.F.

“Man of La Mancha” Gives Dreamers Hope, at Custom Made, S.F.

Katz and Dietrich Deliver a Timely & Rousing Musical by Robert M. Gardner In the opening scene of “Man of La Mancha,” Miguel de Cervantes (striking Edward Hightower) transforms himself onstage from the aristocratic writer to the woeful Don Quixote in dress and manner. He quickly musses up his hair, and adds age lines, bushy eyebrows, and beard.  While his creation, Don Quixote, wears medieval faux armor and fake sword, the rest of the cast appear in modern dress, bridging…

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“Kipling Hotel” Invites Laughter & Love, at The Marsh, S.F.

“Kipling Hotel” Invites Laughter & Love, at The Marsh, S.F.

Don Reed Re-Creates Characters from Oakland to UCLA by Barry David Horwitz When Don Reed flashes his wide, welcoming smile, the whole room lights up. Now that he’s a well-known performer on TV and in movies in L.A., he comes up to The Marsh on weekends to weave his magic at home. In “Kipling Hotel: The 80’s,” he recreates the awkward Oakland kid, afflicted with nervous blinking. Reed, a successful UCLA grad from the 80’s, has become a recognized actor…

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“Partition” Celebrates Spiritual Insights, at Indra’s Net, Berkeley

“Partition” Celebrates Spiritual Insights, at Indra’s Net, Berkeley

Ira Hauptman Mixes Math with Mysticism by Barry David Horwitz The struggle between Indian spirituality and English stubbornness comes to an intimate and exciting revelation, reflecting the Partition of India and the looming end of the British Empire. If the British understood their essentially racist role in India, they might have seen the beautiful contributions of a colonial people entirely unlike themselves. When a brilliant young Indian mathematician arrives at a hostile Cambridge University in 1913, he is faced with…

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“Partition” Exposes Dirty Math of Colonialism, at Indra’s Net, Berkeley

“Partition” Exposes Dirty Math of Colonialism, at Indra’s Net, Berkeley

Director Bruce Coughran Invites Us to Pity Genius by Svea Vikander and Edward Boyda “Partition” is not a play about math. Director Bruce Coughran has made mathematics into a language and a backdrop on which to tell the story of the relationship between the brilliant Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (Heren Patel) and his mentor, British professor G. H. Hardy (Alan Coyne).  A shared obsession and tenderness draw the uptight Hardy and spiritual Ramanujan together, even as culture, colonial power, and…

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