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“Lucia Berlin: Stories”–A Dark, Rich World, at Word for Word, S.F.

“Lucia Berlin: Stories”–A Dark, Rich World, at Word for Word, S.F.

A Spellbinding Journey, Unadulterated and Moving by Kim Waldron Ominous jazz music hints at danger, vaguely threatening figures creep in, bent over, shadowy, in a parade choreographed for menace not beauty. A woman asleep in the foreground wakes up, disoriented, then recognizes her surroundings: Detox Ward. She, Carlotta (sardonic Jeri Lynn Cohen), proceeds to describe the Detox experience, honestly, brutally, hilariously. Since she is the only woman in the Detox Ward, Carlotta inspires gallantry. All the patients get Nembutal at…

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“The Motherf**ker with the Hat”: A Compelling Ride, at Four Lost Souls, S.F.

“The Motherf**ker with the Hat”: A Compelling Ride, at Four Lost Souls, S.F.

Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Rollicking Rollercoaster of Sex & Addiction   by Joan-Kirsti Brennan In Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl describes an “existential vacuum”: people “haunted by the experience of their inner emptiness, a void within themselves.” Searching for answers outside themselves, the characters in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ sharp New York comedy orbit the void, hoping to fill it with drugs, love, sex, violence, or even nutritional beverages. Set Designer Travis Clark and Director Peter Allas have wittily created settings…

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