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♦ “Angels in America”: A Legendary Roy Cohn, at Berkeley Rep

♦ “Angels in America”: A Legendary Roy Cohn, at Berkeley Rep

Millennial Notes Stephen Spinella Slays Us as Prince of Darkness     by Tyler Jeffreys Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes Part 1: “Millennium Approaches” At the Berkeley Rep production of Angels in America, Stephen Spinella dominates the stage as Roy M. Cohn, the real-life 50s to 80s, connected, sleazy, closeted gay lawyer. In Tony Kushner’s epic drama, Cohn reveals himself as a soldier in the conquering forces of the conservative Reagan revolution of the 80s. Spinella reaches…

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♦ “Angels in America”—More Powerful & Prophetic than Ever, at Berkeley Rep

♦ “Angels in America”—More Powerful & Prophetic than Ever, at Berkeley Rep

Kushner & Taccone Magically Make “More Life!” by Barry David Horwitz Part One: “Millennium Approaches” More than 25 years ago, I saw the first production of Angels in America at the old Eureka Theater in the Mission, in 1991. Now we can celebrate Angels‘ brilliant connections between our personal lives and U.S. history, thanks to Tony Taccone’s astounding anniversary production at Berkeley Rep. Artistic Director Taccone has created the perfect vehicle for Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awards winning…

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“Born Yesterday” Arouses Laughter, Reflection, at S.F. Playhouse

“Born Yesterday” Arouses Laughter, Reflection, at S.F. Playhouse

Garson Kanin Predicts Trumpian Times by Robert M. Gardner Set Designer Jacqueline Scott has fashioned a spectacular, opulent, hotel suite with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the U.S. Capitol. The stunning set features two story high pillars, a curving staircase, and elegant, crystal bedecked wall sconces. These lavish surroundings mask the corruption of Garson Kanin’s play, “Born Yesterday” (1946). In 1950, “Born Yesterday” tickled movie audiences, too, during the McCarthy Red Scare. Kanin’s play features a blustering, self-made billionaire, err…millionaire,…

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