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“Where the Boys Are” Explodes the Myth of Men, at Faultline, S.F.

“Where the Boys Are” Explodes the Myth of Men, at Faultline, S.F.

Vanessa Flores’ New Women Take Over Comedy by Barry David Horwitz So….we think men, males, boys, those guys, dudes, bros are indispensable? Well, think again. Playwright Vanessa Flores makes all males vanish suddenly and mysteriously from the planet, leaving their empty clothes behind. Her simple premise leads to wild and raucous celebration by women everywhere. These women don’t mind taking on every male role imaginable and doing it with glee and abandon. Everything that was male is now female—babies, bikers,…

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“Each and Every Thing” Triumphs, at The Marsh, Berkeley

“Each and Every Thing” Triumphs, at The Marsh, Berkeley

Dan Hoyle Draws Laughter from Digital Lunacy by Barry David Horwitz In his new version of “Each and Every Thing,” Dan Hoyle hits pay dirt with his warm, winning personality, his down home San Francisco ways, and his unique “journalistic theater.” In his show, he ponders the word of cell phones, Twitter, rigged elections, and the power of the Midwest to predict our futures. Ever since he won the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Solo Show in 2014, Dan has…

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“Everybody” Speaks Boldly, Beautifully, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

“Everybody” Speaks Boldly, Beautifully, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

Jacobs-Jenkins’ Modern Morality Stirs Our Souls by Barry David Horwitz “Everybody” puts our isolated lives on the griddle. Britney Frasier, a brilliant and baffling God, puts us all in our places. Then she sends Death to find Everybody, who screwed up her/his Life. Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins up-dates the morality play “Everyman,” creating a parable of our privatization of Hope. In a turquoise sweater, Frazier/God authoritatively directs Death (bedeviled Victor Talmadge) to pluck five “Somebodies” from the amphitheater.  Death is hiding out,…

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“Two Minds” Meld, then Clash, Brilliantly, at The Marsh, S.F.

“Two Minds” Meld, then Clash, Brilliantly, at The Marsh, S.F.

Lynne Kaufman Delights with Nobel Geniuses by Barry David Horwitz Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman, real life scientists, worked at an Israeli University—Amos, a mathematician and Daniel, a psychologist.  Each looks deeply into data and our daily choices. Amos is bubbly, mercurial, and unpredictable. Daniel is careful, strict, and organized. Amos is the optimist, Daniel the pessimist. They meet and help each other see into our future. Amos (loveable, irrepressible Brian Herndon) is all over the stage, bouncing around like…

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