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“Transitions” Launches Drag Queen at Drumpf & Putin, at The Rhino, S.F.

“Transitions” Launches Drag Queen at Drumpf & Putin, at The Rhino, S.F.

John Fisher Ridicules Our Glorious Leader, with Gusto by Barry David Horwitz In John Fisher’s no-holds-barred political satire “Transitions,” disruption rules the day. Fisher, himself, always the supremely talented actor, plays three roles—including Drumpf and Putin. Fisher, in bathrobe and with cheeseburger, pouches out his cheeks and lips in delicious imitation of you know who. His body and movement embody the ridiculousness of our current Strangelovean Hell. Each actor does brilliant double and triple duty to bring a Saturday Night…

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“Between Us” Forges New Paths, at TheatreFIRST, Berkeley

“Between Us” Forges New Paths, at TheatreFIRST, Berkeley

Viñas, Sakata, Tracys’ Heroes Inspire by Robert M. Gardner TheatreFIRST steps out boldly in its premier production of “Between Us,” Part B–with three solo plays by Bay Area artists. Part B forcefully tells the stories of three neglected U.S. historical figures. These remarkable politically charged works question U.S. imperial politics, and sound the alert. In “La Profesora: The Story of Nibia Sabalsagaray,” written and directed by Noelle Viñas, we learn about the United States’ covert CIA Project Condor in Uruguay. Virginia…

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“Bamboozled” Steals Your Heart, at Central Works, Berkeley

“Bamboozled” Steals Your Heart, at Central Works, Berkeley

Patricia Milton’s Comedy Pits Southern Comforts v. Black Values  by Barry David Horwitz Central Works has scored again with their World Premiere #58. Director Gary Graves has burnished Patricia Milton’s legal spellbinder to cast a bright glow over Black rights and Civil War history. Playwright Patricia Milton has a deft touch with comedy and with legal reasoning. By the end of her two act quasi-courtroom drama, we know who has done the crime—but no one does the time. Though justice…

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“Born Yesterday” Arouses Laughter, Reflection, at S.F. Playhouse

“Born Yesterday” Arouses Laughter, Reflection, at S.F. Playhouse

Garson Kanin Predicts Trumpian Times by Robert M. Gardner Set Designer Jacqueline Scott has fashioned a spectacular, opulent, hotel suite with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the U.S. Capitol. The stunning set features two story high pillars, a curving staircase, and elegant, crystal bedecked wall sconces. These lavish surroundings mask the corruption of Garson Kanin’s play, “Born Yesterday” (1946). In 1950, “Born Yesterday” tickled movie audiences, too, during the McCarthy Red Scare. Kanin’s play features a blustering, self-made billionaire, err…millionaire,…

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