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“Lucia Berlin: Stories”–A Dark, Rich World, at Word for Word, S.F.

“Lucia Berlin: Stories”–A Dark, Rich World, at Word for Word, S.F.

A Spellbinding Journey, Unadulterated and Moving by Kim Waldron Ominous jazz music hints at danger, vaguely threatening figures creep in, bent over, shadowy, in a parade choreographed for menace not beauty. A woman asleep in the foreground wakes up, disoriented, then recognizes her surroundings: Detox Ward. She, Carlotta (sardonic Jeri Lynn Cohen), proceeds to describe the Detox experience, honestly, brutally, hilariously. Since she is the only woman in the Detox Ward, Carlotta inspires gallantry. All the patients get Nembutal at…

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