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“Everybody” Speaks Boldly, Beautifully, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

“Everybody” Speaks Boldly, Beautifully, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

Jacobs-Jenkins’ Modern Morality Stirs Our Souls by Barry David Horwitz “Everybody” puts our isolated lives on the griddle. Britney Frasier, a brilliant and baffling God, puts us all in our places. Then she sends Death to find Everybody, who screwed up her/his Life. Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins up-dates the morality play “Everyman,” creating a parable of our privatization of Hope. In a turquoise sweater, Frazier/God boldly plucks five Somebodies from the amphitheater. Death hides out wearing an orange camper-vest (anxious Victor…

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“The Tin Woman” Really Finds Her Heart, at Ross Valley Players

“The Tin Woman” Really Finds Her Heart, at Ross Valley Players

Sean Grennan Leaves Us Laughing & Crying by Mitchell Field Just home from wonderful opening night of “The Tin Woman,” a superbly produced tragi-comedy at Ross Valley Players. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry at this well-written, well-cast play, the title of which is a riff on the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz.  But this titular woman, the sadly mis-named Joy (convincing Joanna Cretella), actually has a heart. But her heart is a transplanted one from a handsome, sushi-loving deceased photographer…

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“Dance of the Holy Ghosts” Takes Us to Church, at Ubuntu, Oakland

“Dance of the Holy Ghosts” Takes Us to Church, at Ubuntu, Oakland

Marcus Gardley: Poet of Dysfunctional Love  by Robert M. Gardner Marcus (talented Michael Curry) recites poetry as he fumbles through puberty and on to adulthood, the mediator for his fractured family. Ubuntu Theater’s “Dance of the Holy Ghosts” by Marcus Gardley uses the talents of an all-Black cast to tell a powerful Oakland story in music and poetry. As we enter the Oakland Peace Center, Director Michael Socrates Moran’s impressive cast of versatile actors and gifted singers sweep us away…

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“Man of La Mancha” Shines Amidst Challenges, at Custom Made, S.F.

“Man of La Mancha” Shines Amidst Challenges, at Custom Made, S.F.

Millennial Notes Katz and Dietrich Deliver Hope in Quixotic Musical by Michael Jeong A greying man with a silvery vest, like armor worn by knights of old, gazes into the distance. He sings wistfully about his “Impossible Dream” to “fight the unbeatable foe” and “reach the unreachable star” in an unforgiving world, surprisingly tender for an old guy wearing a basket for a helmet. Vain hope dominates “Man of La Mancha” at Custom Made Theatre, in at their cosy, intimate…

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