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Author: Gilad Barach

Gilad Barach is figuring things out right now. In the meantime, he is enjoying being a student of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, proud to be a Hebrew teacher, and seeking to go camping more. He very much likes film & theatre, writing & playing music, and cooking & eating! He is incredibly interested in language, translations, and play-on-words. Raised in sunny San Diego, CA, temporarily settled in Kibbutz Shoval, IL, he is currently nestled into Berkeley and delighted to be writing for Theatrius.
“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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“What They Said About Love” Evokes Laughter, Introspection, at The Marsh, S.F.

“What They Said About Love” Evokes Laughter, Introspection, at The Marsh, S.F.

Millennial Notes Steve Budd Looks Deeply at Love’s Peculiarities by Gilad Barach In his innovative and unconventional show, “What They Said About Love,” Steve Budd expresses the struggles and fantasies we wrap ourselves in when it comes to love. Like Budd, we have asked ourselves in desperate times: Why can’t I love and be loved? With only a folding chair and a cube, the energetic, multi-talented Budd creates an impressive documentary theater, imitating odd couples he has interviewed. In “What…

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“Ageless” Rethinks Growing Old, at Quantum Dragon, S.F.

“Ageless” Rethinks Growing Old, at Quantum Dragon, S.F.

Millennial Notes Bridgette Dutta Portman’s Sci-Fi Pleasures Leap to Life by Gilad Barach To put it simply, “Ageless, or the Revolt of the Flesh” is entertaining! Isn’t that the true goal of every performance? Jess McGovern’s charmingly simple futuristic costume designs and Miles Callan’s ingenious gadgets provide enough to make us smile. But, the cast and team go beyond mere satisfaction. “Ageless” provokes us to think. Daring director Katja Rivera beautifully fills scenes with layers of narratives, interrupting dialogues with…

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“Durst Case Scenario” Brings Out the Best, at The Marsh, S.F.

“Durst Case Scenario” Brings Out the Best, at The Marsh, S.F.

Millennial Notes  Will Durst Creates Cathartic Comic Community  by Gilad Barach “Durst Case Scenario” is most certainly a guilty pleasure. To laugh at suffering in the worst of times feels wrong, but to laugh together can feel so right. Will Durst cutely kicks around stage with energy, switching effortlessly between impersonations and monologues. He addresses us personally, yet never loses his way in his cornfield maze of a comedy show. “Welcome to the Bay Area, where we are tolerant of…

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