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“An Octoroon” Provokes Reflection at Berkeley Rep

“An Octoroon” Provokes Reflection at Berkeley Rep

Reflections . . . Jacobs-Jenkins Reveals: The United States Is an “Octoroon” by Ishai Padawer In the early moments of “An Octoroon,” the 2014 play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, we learn that an “octoroon” is a person who is 1/8th black. Through BJJ, the autobiographical lead character, Jacobs-Jenkins complains that audiences think he is trying to “deconstruct race in America.” Complain he may, but he succeeds in making us think about the correlation between melanin levels and how we are treated…

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“The Mathematics of Love”: More Than Just a Sentimental Journey, at Brava Theatre, S.F.

“The Mathematics of Love”: More Than Just a Sentimental Journey, at Brava Theatre, S.F.

“And My Back Bled Tears”: Cherríe Moraga Reclaims La Malinxe by Lisa Manter Cherríe Moraga’s new play “The Mathematics of Love” exposes the heavy burden of history on indigenous and Chicana women. Clocking in at almost three hours and unapologetically intelligent, the play places a significant burden on our attention. The payoff is a deep understanding of the thorny dilemmas faced by Chicana and Native American women—as they deal with their internalized guilt over their attempts to achieve a modicum…

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“Pint Sized Plays” Bring Melting Pot of Ideas to PianoFight, S.F.

“Pint Sized Plays” Bring Melting Pot of Ideas to PianoFight, S.F.

Six One-Acts Offer Joy for Everyone by Kim Waldron Need a reminder why we’re lucky to live in San Francisco in these new-monied, small-hearted times?  “Pint Sized Plays” provides one hell of a good reason with free, repeat FREE, six lively one-acts with colorful characters.  Their rules: action set in a bar, written by locals, and the length of a play cannot exceed the time it takes for one of its characters to drink a beer. The action must be…

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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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