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“Mystery of Love and Sex” Queries Friend-Sex in Gay Comedy, at NCTC, S.F.

“Mystery of Love and Sex” Queries Friend-Sex in Gay Comedy, at NCTC, S.F.

Bathsheba Doran Titillates Jewish-Black Passions by Barry David Horwitz In “The Mystery of Love and Sex,” daddy’s little girl Charlotte (bouncy Linda Maria Girón) and her troubled friend Jonny (thoughtful Kenny Scott) have been dear friends ever since grammar school in their southern town. Now, they co-habit away at college—oh! no sex–not part of the deal. Charlotte would love to get it on with her best bud, but Jonny ain’t goin’ there. We begin to suspect that one or both…

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“Still at Risk” Sparkles with Style & Savvy, at NCTC, S.F.

“Still at Risk” Sparkles with Style & Savvy, at NCTC, S.F.

Tim Pinckney Enlists Millennials in AIDS Army by Barry David Horwitz Here, at last, we have a new play that melds the 80s with the present and shows how one man’s struggle against AIDS continues into the present. “Still at Risk” brings us up to date and makes us think about how we can make history. During the reign of Reagan, the President refused to even utter the word AIDS—while thousands were dying. Playwright Tim Pinckney relives the forgotten struggles—despite…

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“Our Great Tchaikovsky” Melds Gender & Genius, at TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley

“Our Great Tchaikovsky” Melds Gender & Genius, at TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley

Hershey Felder Plays Tchaikovsky, Masterfully by Barry David Horwitz Hershey Felder has come to Theatreworks to embody Tchaikovsky. When Felder, as Tchaikovsky, plays for the Opening Night of Carnegie Hall in 1891—at the request of Andrew Carnegie—we feel a shiver of excitement. New York finally celebrates Tchaikovsky as a musical genius, even though he was scorned in Russia. Under the Czars in the 1800s, Tchaikovsky was pursued, blackmailed, and threatened with prison, if word leaked out that he was gay….

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“Partition” Celebrates Spiritual Insights, at Indra’s Net, Berkeley

“Partition” Celebrates Spiritual Insights, at Indra’s Net, Berkeley

Ira Hauptman Mixes Math with Mysticism by Barry David Horwitz The struggle between Indian spirituality and English stubbornness comes to an intimate and exciting revelation, reflecting the Partition of India and the looming end of the British Empire. If the British understood their essentially racist role in India, they might have seen the beautiful contributions of a colonial people entirely unlike themselves. When a brilliant young Indian mathematician arrives at a hostile Cambridge University in 1913, he is faced with…

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