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“Avenue Q”—Well Worth the Jaunt, at NCTC, S.F.

“Avenue Q”—Well Worth the Jaunt, at NCTC, S.F.

Witty Musical Comedy Pornifies Sesame Street by Kim Waldron Songs ranging from “You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You’re Makin’ Love)”  to “Schadenfreude” to “It Sucks to Be Me”  guarantee laughter and a light heart in the now-classic “Avenue Q,” a racy version of Sesame Street. “Avenue Q” has grown into a bona fide holiday tradition— extended two weeks even before it opened. “Avenue Q” has what every tradition needs: energy and joy, plus the…

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“Watch on the Rhine” Fights Fascist Future, at Berkeley Rep

“Watch on the Rhine” Fights Fascist Future, at Berkeley Rep

Lillian Hellman Dramatizes Altruistic Actions by Barry David Horwitz Berkeley Rep’s choice of  Lillian Hellman’s “Watch on the Rhine” (1941) plunges us into the pre-World War Two time of indecision, cowardice, and sporadic bravery. Hellman’s play illuminates the 1930s, when “good” folks could still turn their eyes away from the Nazi invasions, and live in their isolated bubbles. The U.S. is at a crossroads in 1941, even though Fanny Farrelly (sprightly Caitlin O’Connell), D.C. social butterfly, doesn’t get it. Maybe…

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“Shakespeare in Love” Revels in Backstage Shenanigans, at Marin Theatre Company

“Shakespeare in Love” Revels in Backstage Shenanigans, at Marin Theatre Company

Will’s Charismatic Crew Leaps from Screen to Stage by Barry David Horwitz Marin Theatre Company has crafted a whirligig of theater, holding our attention with a kaleidoscope of color, song, and favorite lines from Shakespeare—as the poet struggles to write them. In “Shakespeare in Love,” Scenic Designer Kat Conley has lovingly created the metal scaffolding, wooden props, a piano, some drums, and a mandolin to evoke backstage at an Elizabethan theater. Forget the movie, this is theater the way Will…

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“Ain’t that Rich” Enriches Our Lives, at The Marsh, S.F.

“Ain’t that Rich” Enriches Our Lives, at The Marsh, S.F.

Kate Robards Enjoys Her Journey from Poor to Rich by Gabrielle Myers In her one-act monologue describing her move from poverty level into the 1%, Kate Robards communicates that money is never just money when you don’t have it. In “Ain’t that Rich,” Robards meditates on how her relationship with money has evolved. Through a riveting, non-stop memoir about her life, Robards takes us to the heart of how money and its real value is often misrepresented in America. Robards’…

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