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“Thomas and Sally”: Founding Father Exposed, at Marin Theatre, Mill Valley

“Thomas and Sally”: Founding Father Exposed, at Marin Theatre, Mill Valley

Thomas Bradshaw’s Jaded Jefferson Exploits Slave Girl by Barry David Horwitz Thomas Bradshaw has stirred up a hornet’s nest. In “Thomas and Sally,” he is messing with Thomas Jefferson, and his long term sexual domination of his slave, Sally Hemings. In the play, Jefferson begins an “affair” with Hemings while he is Ambassador to France, when she is only 14 years old. After they return to Virginia and back to slavery, they have six children over thirty years. “Thomas and…

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“The Song of the Nightingale” Takes Flight, at Town Hall, Lafayette

“The Song of the Nightingale” Takes Flight, at Town Hall, Lafayette

Min Kahng Puts Modern Twist on Classic Fairy Tale by Robert M. Gardner Set in Ancient China but with its feet firmly planted in the present, Min Kahng’s musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Nightingale” takes wing at Town Hall Theatre. Kahng’s infectious music harmonizes perfectly with the exuberant cast, making a light and carefree musical mood. Kids and their parents will be enthralled by the brilliant designs and the fast pace. Town Hall Theatre brings…

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“Colette Uncensored”: Lorri Holt Triumphs as Colette, at The Marsh, Berkeley

“Colette Uncensored”: Lorri Holt Triumphs as Colette, at The Marsh, Berkeley

Zack Rogow & Lorri Holt Bring Us Colette—Sex & Scandal by Pamela Feinsilber Bay Area audiences have admired Lorri Holt for decades. She was the original Harper Pitt in Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” which, longtime theatergoers will remember, premiered in San Francisco in 1991. More recently, she was the hilarious yet touching Masha in Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at Berkeley Rep. Now she’s doing something different and arguably more daring. For seventy-five minutes, she…

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“This Bitter Earth” Celebrates Gay & Black Lives, at NCTC, S.F.

“This Bitter Earth” Celebrates Gay & Black Lives, at NCTC, S.F.

Harrison David Rivers Evokes Lyrical Love & Loss by Barry David Horwitz At last a play that treats gay lovers like other lovers, exposing their virtues and faults. In “This Bitter Earth,” Jesse and Nick share love, debate issues, and conquer fear. “This Bitter Earth” puts a Black writer and his activist lover front and center, as they face personal and political issues as blossoming partners. Playwright Harrison David Rivers has put his smart, young black and white couple from…

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