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“Over the River and through the Woods” Sparkles with Fun & Food, at CCCT, El Cerrito

“Over the River and through the Woods” Sparkles with Fun & Food, at CCCT, El Cerrito

Joe DiPietro Celebrates Immigrant Italians Finding Famiglia by Barry David Horwitz If you’re going to grandmother’s house for the Holidays, take in “Over the River and through the Woods” at Contra Costa Civic Theatre in El Cerrito, first. Joe DiPietro’s play will prepare you to appreciate annoying relatives, excessive feasting, and possible blind dates. You may get to know your grandma, your auntie, or uncle a little bit better. “Over the River,” taking it title from the Christmasy song “to…

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Sandra Tsing Loh Smashes Sandcastles at Berkeley Rep

Sandra Tsing Loh Smashes Sandcastles at Berkeley Rep

In her show “The Madwoman in the Volvo” at the Berkeley Rep, Sandra Tsing Loh tells a story that needs to be told. Accompanied by only two other cast members—the remarkably fluid Caroline Aaron and quietly discerning Shannon Holt—Tsing Loh dissects and dismantles our most prized stereotypes about middle age, menopause, and motherhood.