“Without Mercy”: Theater at Its Redemptive Best, at Off Broadway West, S.F.

“Without Mercy”: Theater at Its Redemptive Best, at Off Broadway West, S.F.

Patricia Milton Casts A Discerning Eye on Capital Punishment by D. Marc Capobianco The great paradox of the last year’s election in California was the defeat of Proposition 62, which would have repealed the death penalty, despite the overwhelmingly progressive vote that saw Hillary Clinton defeat Donald Trump by a nearly two to one ratio. Virtually no news outlets have devoted any focus to this curious anomaly, which virtually assures that debate over this controversial issue will perpetuate for years….

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“peerless” Peeks at High School Maniacs, at Marin Theatre Co., Mill Valley

“peerless” Peeks at High School Maniacs, at Marin Theatre Co., Mill Valley

Jiehae Park Makes Murder Fun in Macbeth Mash-Up by Barry David Horwitz Every detail in Jiehae Park’s “peerless” goes way Over the Top. The Barbie-Doll dressed Chinese American twin sisters, M. and L., choose a high school in a remote midwestern suburb to increase their chances of early admission to “The College.” They are riveting and hilarious as they bombard us with speeded-up micro-conversations. Director Margot Bordelon has brilliantly created a funny speed-dream of h.s. terrors. The twins, have over-planned…

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“A View from the Bridge”: Heartfelt, Compelling, at Pear Theatre, Mountain View

“A View from the Bridge”: Heartfelt, Compelling, at Pear Theatre, Mountain View

Arthur Miller’s Italian Immigrant Drama Still Meaningful Today by Tony Urgo Arthur Miller’s “A View From The Bridge,” first performed in 1956, is now over 60 years old. The cultural tragedy is that its themes of illegal immigration and social intolerance have returned. These themes resonate strongly in Pear Theatre’s production, but the heart and soul of the story belong to the superb ensemble cast, which brings the characters vividly to life. Director Ray Renati has infused the production with…

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“Eclipsed”: Captured Women Seek Path to Liberation, at Curran Theatre, S.F.

“Eclipsed”: Captured Women Seek Path to Liberation, at Curran Theatre, S.F.

Danai Gurira Shines Light on African Patriarchy by Sydney Roberts In dark political times, Danai Gurira’s  “Eclipsed,” a wartime herstory from Liberia about five women, brings to light to women’s indomitable resilience and sisterhood. During Women’s History Month, the elegantly restored Curran Theatre welcomes “Eclipsed,” directed by Leisl Tommy. Tommy directed the award-winning play by TV actress-turned-playwright Danai Gurira. Set in 2003, “Eclipsed” tells the story of five women living in war-torn Liberia, where thousands of Liberian women were taken…

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