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“An Entomologist’s Love Story” Magnifies Dating Wars, at S.F. Playhouse

“An Entomologist’s Love Story” Magnifies Dating Wars, at S.F. Playhouse

Millennial Notes Melissa Ross Explores Funny Female Tactics by Tyler Jeffreys “An Entomologist’s Love Story” by Melissa Ross pits the feminist woman against the traditional woman in today’s Dating Wars. As Betty, Lori Prince changes her voice from deep and raunchy to light and airy, while she lectures on the mating rituals of fireflies. Betty, the entomologist, explains how the female firefly of Species A imitates the mating signal of Species B.  When the B male flies over, she gobbles…

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“The Effect”—A Litmus Test for Love, at S.F. Playhouse

“The Effect”—A Litmus Test for Love, at S.F. Playhouse

Millennial Notes Lucy Prebble Exposes Scientific Fallacies by Tyler Jeffreys At S.F. Playhouse, the West Coast premiere of Lucy Prebble’s “The Effect” artfully explores the mysteries of love–with spectacular  staging by Director Bill English. Prebble sets up an experiment using a hormone to fight depression— but does the hormone also make love blossom? “The Effect” thrives on Nina Ball’s set design and Brooke Jennings’ costumes. Ball and Jennings join forces to create an eerie sci-fi wonderland. The angular room boasts…

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“The Hard Problem” Bangs Heads at A.C.T. in S.F.

“The Hard Problem” Bangs Heads at A.C.T. in S.F.

Millennial Notes Tom Stoppard’s Battle Royale: Faith vs. Science by Benjamin K. Sloan Many millennials have a tendency to  assert  their “truth,” impatiently, like angsty preachers who get silenced by other soapbox orators. Tom Stoppard’s “The Hard Problem,” in its West Coast Premiere at the American Conservatory Theater, proves to be a delight for youthful questioning minds. The playwright forces us to analyze both sides of the conflict between religion and science. Director Carey Perloff offers us Stoppard’s educated alternative…

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