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“Straight White Men” Speaks to All, at MTC, Mill Valley

“Straight White Men” Speaks to All, at MTC, Mill Valley

Young Jean Lee Offers Empathy to the Privileged by Pamela Feinsilber By now, we expect artistic director Jasson Minadakis’ Marin Theatre Company to bring us interesting new plays by exciting new playwrights. This month, they’ve done that with a flourish, wrapping up the season with a work by Young Jean Lee, “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation,” according to the New York Times. While the title may suggest a polemic or satire, “Straight White Men” is a work…

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“Straight White Men” Captivates Curious Minorities, at MTC, Mill Valley

“Straight White Men” Captivates Curious Minorities, at MTC, Mill Valley

Millennial Notes Young Jean Lee Reveals Anglo Anxieties by Tyler Jeffreys Young Jean Lee’s “Straight White Men” reminds us that we are more alike than we are different, even those of us who put on a front. I cannot imagine living under the pressure these guys endure. Afterwards, I thought: I should invite them to hang out with politically oppressed folks.   For pre-show music, director Morgan Gould bangs out an epic woman-power playlist. I feel welcome as I dance…

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“The Jewelry Box” Brims with Gems & Laughs, at The Marsh, S.F.

“The Jewelry Box” Brims with Gems & Laughs, at The Marsh, S.F.

Brian Copeland: A Genuine Christmas Genius by Barry David Horwitz Everyone knows that Brian Copeland, famed for his “Not a Genuine Black Man” solo show that has toured the country and played for ten years in San Francisco, is our master story-teller. His gift to audiences during the holidays, “The Jewelry Box,” offers a treasure chest of wit, warmth, and wisdom, currently overflowing the black box stage at The Marsh on Valencia. Every word counts in Copeland’s masterful 70 minute…

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“A Christmas Carol” Alerts Us to Real Lives, at A.C.T., S.F.

“A Christmas Carol” Alerts Us to Real Lives, at A.C.T., S.F.

James Carpenter Shows Scrooge Taxing Himself!  by Monica Fernandez As San Franciscans talk more about mindfulness, “A Christmas Carol” comes to A.C.T. to remind us about Time and Ghosts and Empathy for others. Charles Dickens’ essentially mindful tale virtually creates the idea of Christmas.  Director Domenique Lozano depicts an ultimate change of consciousness in her moving production of Dickens’ classic. We see scraggy Ebenezer Scrooge (multi-talented James Carpenter) succumbing to pointless selfishness, making himself into a heartless, nasty person. Carpenter’s…

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