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“Reel to Reel” Opens Our Ears to Love, at Magic Theatre, S.F.

“Reel to Reel” Opens Our Ears to Love, at Magic Theatre, S.F.

John Kolvenbach Offers Antidote to Cynical Times by Jeremiah Wall On the way to see Magic Theatre’s World Premiere of John Kolvenbach’s “Reel to Reel,” I  stopped  to listen to sound artist Bill Fontana’s revival of a 1981 installation at Fort Mason’s Pier 2.  The sound of foghorns glided through the early evening air, and Alcatraz loomed, dimly lit in the Bay.  “Reel to Reel” is about a different form of captivity,  a marriage made in sound, capturing intangible frequencies…

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“What They Said About Love” Evokes Laughter, Introspection, at The Marsh, Berkeley

“What They Said About Love” Evokes Laughter, Introspection, at The Marsh, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Steve Budd Looks Deeply at Love’s Peculiarities by Gilad Barach In his innovative and unconventional show, “What They Said About Love,” Steve Budd expresses the struggles and fantasies we wrap ourselves in when it comes to love. Like Budd, we have asked ourselves in desperate times: Why can’t I love and be loved? With only a folding chair and a cube, the energetic, multi-talented Budd creates an impressive documentary theater, imitating odd couples he has interviewed. In “What…

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“A Streetcar Named Desire” Thrills, Chills, at Ubuntu Theater, Oakland

“A Streetcar Named Desire” Thrills, Chills, at Ubuntu Theater, Oakland

Lisa Ramirez Dazzles as Star-Crossed Blanche DuBois by Robert M. Gardner Tennessee Williams elicits emotions far beyond the daily lives of his working class characters in the 1940s French Quarter in New Orleans. Under the capable hands of Director Emilie Whelan, Ubuntu Theater Project injects new life into “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1947) and we are the grateful recipients. Stephanie Anne Johnson’s innovative lighting with naked light bulbs adds starkness to the red curtained bare stage. Theater in the round…

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“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”: Comic Riff on Family Life, at Altarena Playhouse, Alameda

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”: Comic Riff on Family Life, at Altarena Playhouse, Alameda

Christopher Durang Makes Great Fun of U.S. Obsessions by Reilly Marston-Chakan “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” gives an extreme and hilarious twist to  family drama. The play, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2013, comes from the fertile brain of  Christopher Durang, a comedy genius. At Altarena Playhouse, set in the round, “Vanya” takes place in one room, and the action is non-stop. Sharon Huff directs a multi-talented cast in mesmerizing performances. Each of three…

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