“Home” Sweet Home at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, S.F.

“Home” Sweet Home at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, S.F.

Samm-Art Williams Delivers a Lyrical Epic of Great Migrations by Irene Nelson The words of Samm-Art Williams’ “Home” knock me out—down-home country dialogue or poetic narrative, it’s all woven into the rhythm and movement of the blues, jazz, and spirituals. Sly, humorous story-telling and sweet memories combine with shockingly bad times to make “Home” a powerful journey. Myers Clark, Tristan Cunningham, Britney Frazier give “Home” the welcome it deserves under the strong direction of Aldo Billingslea. Williams loves street theater,…

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“Sweat”: Closing Factories, Broken Lives, on Broadway at Studio 54, New York

“Sweat”: Closing Factories, Broken Lives, on Broadway at Studio 54, New York

New York Notes Lynn Nottage Exposes a Struggling America by Lisa Karson “Sweat” goes a long way to explain the rise of Donald Trump. Lynn Nottage 2017 Pulitzer Prize-wining play gives vital life to American steel workers who work hard and play by the rules. But they are squeezed out of their jobs and then ignored.  When their jobs are threatened and then vanish, they respond with anger. Now running on Broadway, “Sweat” sheds light on how and why Trump’s…

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“Guards at the Taj” Sounds Alarm on Tyrants, at Marin Theatre Co., Mill Valley

“Guards at the Taj” Sounds Alarm on Tyrants, at Marin Theatre Co., Mill Valley

Rajiv Josef Unearths Tortures that Haunt US by Barry David Horwitz Rajiv Josef has written a mind-boggling play that flows lyrically from a powerful writer, winning the 2016 Obie Award for Best Off-Broadway new play. It’s hard to resist Josef’s ideas and images, as they wash over the stage from the stately Indian gate by Annie Smart that dominates the set. Beyond the gate, the construction of a world famous monument is about to be unveiled. Behind the massive wooden…

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“Autobiography of a Terrorist”: Tricky Times, at Golden Thread, S.F.

“Autobiography of a Terrorist”: Tricky Times, at Golden Thread, S.F.

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh Laughs at Himself, and US, Too  by Irene Nelson My seat mate poked me, snorted and said,”Look at the program. This actor bio has her thanking her sorority sisters, do you believe it?” I had already read the director’s intro about speaking as a “White man” whose “duty” was to allow “those whose voices are silenced…be heard through mine.”  Huh? But then an actor (Damien Separi) introduces himself as the “playwright,” explaining he will be portraying his experience…

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