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“Mother Lear”—Intimate Glimpse into Dementia, at We Players, S.F.

“Mother Lear”—Intimate Glimpse into Dementia, at We Players, S.F.

Millennial Notes Roy & Walsh Stir Souls with King Lear Mash-Up   by Emily Colby An old woman shuffles onto a bare stage in a beautiful, vintage fur coat and old, raggedy pajama bottoms. Her paper crown glistens in the lights. Everything about her is contradictory. The deep tones of her voice dominate the room, but her unkempt appearance suggests she could blend in with the forgotten homeless on Market Street, just outside. Wrinkled skin and discolored hair show her…

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“Bamboozled” Steals Your Heart, at Central Works, Berkeley

“Bamboozled” Steals Your Heart, at Central Works, Berkeley

Patricia Milton’s Comedy Pits Southern Comforts v. Black Values  by Barry David Horwitz Central Works has scored again with their World Premiere #58. Director Gary Graves has burnished Patricia Milton’s legal spellbinder to cast a bright glow over Black rights and Civil War history. Playwright Patricia Milton has a deft touch with comedy and with legal reasoning. By the end of her two act quasi-courtroom drama, we know who has done the crime—but no one does the time. Though justice…

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“Lucia Berlin: Stories”–A Dark, Rich World, at Word for Word, S.F.

“Lucia Berlin: Stories”–A Dark, Rich World, at Word for Word, S.F.

A Spellbinding Journey, Unadulterated and Moving by Kim Waldron Ominous jazz music hints at danger, vaguely threatening figures creep in, bent over, shadowy, in a parade choreographed for menace not beauty. A woman asleep in the foreground wakes up, disoriented, then recognizes her surroundings: Detox Ward. She, Carlotta (sardonic Jeri Lynn Cohen), proceeds to describe the Detox experience, honestly, brutally, hilariously. Since she is the only woman in the Detox Ward, Carlotta inspires gallantry. All the patients get Nembutal at…

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“Shakespeare in Love” Revels in Backstage Shenanigans, at Marin Theatre Company

“Shakespeare in Love” Revels in Backstage Shenanigans, at Marin Theatre Company

Will’s Charismatic Crew Leaps from Screen to Stage by Barry David Horwitz Marin Theatre Company has crafted a whirligig of theater, holding our attention with a kaleidoscope of color, song, and favorite lines from Shakespeare—as the poet struggles to write them. In “Shakespeare in Love,” Scenic Designer Kat Conley has lovingly created the metal scaffolding, wooden props, a piano, some drums, and a mandolin to evoke backstage at an Elizabethan theater. Forget the movie, this is theater the way Will…

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