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“Widowers’ Houses” Ridicules Gentrification, at Aurora, Berkeley

“Widowers’ Houses” Ridicules Gentrification, at Aurora, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Bernard Shaw’s Comedy Dissects Dirty Deals by Michael V. Rodriguez But what about the widowers and the widows? Who are they? What about the tenants and their children? Where will the working class live when their derelict apartments are renovated and rented to the gentry? We leave the Aurora Theatre with these unsolved problems as the giant video screen displays photos of the homeless encampments in front of Berkeley City Hall. “Widowers’ Houses” shows us the lavish lives…

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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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