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“Hold These Truths” Captivates Hearts, at TheatreWorks, Palo Alto

“Hold These Truths” Captivates Hearts, at TheatreWorks, Palo Alto

Millennial Notes Jeanne Sakata Illuminates One Man’s Supreme Court Fight by Evelyn Arevalo Playwright Jeanne Sakata brings to life the terrors of the U.S. Japanese concentration camps during WWII in a gripping one man show. Joel de la Fuente plays Gordon Hirabayashi, born in Seattle, who stood up against the unconstitutional camps in the 40s. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the removal and relocation of American citizens to these camps. As Gordon Hirabayashi, Joel de la…

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“What the Constitution Means to Me” Updates Us on Our Rights, at Berkeley Rep

“What the Constitution Means to Me” Updates Us on Our Rights, at Berkeley Rep

Heidi Schreck’s Personalized U.S. History Delivers the Goods by Barry David Horwitz Heidi Schreck plays the Constitution like a Stradavarius, deploying Amendments, lyrically, in defense of the rights of women, LGBT, and minorities. Heidi acquired her skills in a series of Constitutional debates, organized by the stingy palace guardians at the American Legion. On stage, we are confronted with a typical mid-century, mid-western American Legion war veteran meeting hall. We could be anywhere in Peoria or in Fresno. On the back…

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“A Streetcar Named Desire” Spellbinds, Chills, at African American Shakespeare. S.F.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” Spellbinds, Chills, at African American Shakespeare. S.F.

Millennial Notes Tennessee Williams Disrupts Sex and Class  by Gilad Barach The African American Shakespeare Company’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” is simply a masterpiece. Tennessee Williams would applaud too.  L. Peter Callender’s “Streetcar” goes beyond “Desire” to examine gender, alienation, class conflict, and sexual exploitation. We are captivated by Blanche’s wandering entrance and her tragic exit. Director Callender offers a brilliant and painful lesson about listening respectfully to women. His “Streetcar” (1947) mixes brilliant acting, handfuls of unexpected laughter, a…

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“Alabama Story” Revels in Rabbits & Rage, at City Lights, San Jose

“Alabama Story” Revels in Rabbits & Rage, at City Lights, San Jose

Millennial Notes Kenneth Jones Celebrates the Power of Books by Tyler Jeffreys In Kenneth Jones’ play “Alabama Story,” a true life controversy over a children’s book springs to life, again, at City Lights Theater Company. In his book The Rabbits’ Wedding, Garth Williams tells the story of a black rabbit and a white rabbit who get married, while the forest critters cheer. A true life controversy flared up in 1959, in Montgomery, Alabama, where a brave librarian fights against racist…

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