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“Good. Better. Best. Bested.” Exposes Glitter and Gloom, at Custom Made, S.F.

“Good. Better. Best. Bested.” Exposes Glitter and Gloom, at Custom Made, S.F.

Millennial Notes Jonathan Spector’s Surrealism Sparks Ideas by Tyler Jeffreys Jonathan Spector’s world premiere of “Good. Better. Best. Bested.” boldly illustrates the destructive nature of competition in our Vegas/Wall Street culture. The playwright ridicules our religion of “winning.” His ideas feel fresh and half a step before their time. Using a rom-com style, Spector conjures a mysterious, global catastrophe that injects fear into Las Vegas, an already chaotic city. He assembles outrageous characters who intermingle on the Vegas strip, by…

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“Red Speedo” Exposes Our Competitive Madness, at Center REP, Walnut Creek

“Red Speedo” Exposes Our Competitive Madness, at Center REP, Walnut Creek

Lucas Hnath’s Dramedy Scales Shakespearean Heights by Barry David Horwitz “This is a man …” says the anxious man in suit and tie, pacing poolside, and pointing at a blond, muscled swimmer in a red Speedo, who is hunched over and depressed. We are looking at a vast and shabby indoor pool. The stage features an actual swimming lane of that pool, full of chlorinated water–with red, white, and blue plastic floaters. You can’t ask for a funnier or more…

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