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“A Streetcar Named Desire” Spellbinds, Chills, at African American Shakespeare. S.F.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” Spellbinds, Chills, at African American Shakespeare. S.F.

Millennial Notes Tennessee Williams Disrupts Sex and Class  by Gilad Barach The African American Shakespeare Company’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” is simply a masterpiece. Tennessee Williams would applaud too.  L. Peter Callender’s “Streetcar” goes beyond “Desire” to examine gender, alienation, class conflict, and sexual exploitation. We are captivated by Blanche’s wandering entrance and her tragic exit. Director Callender offers a brilliant and painful lesson about listening respectfully to women. His “Streetcar” (1947) mixes brilliant acting, handfuls of unexpected laughter, a…

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“Watch on the Rhine” Fights Fascist Future, at Berkeley Rep

“Watch on the Rhine” Fights Fascist Future, at Berkeley Rep

Lillian Hellman Dramatizes Altruistic Actions by Barry David Horwitz Berkeley Rep’s choice of  Lillian Hellman’s “Watch on the Rhine” (1941) plunges us into the pre-World War Two time of indecision, cowardice, and sporadic bravery. Hellman’s play illuminates the 1930s, when “good” folks could still turn their eyes away from the Nazi invasions, and live in their isolated bubbles. The U.S. is at a crossroads in 1941, even though Fanny Farrelly (sprightly Caitlin O’Connell), D.C. social butterfly, doesn’t get it. Maybe…

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