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“The Wolves” Entertains with Musical Dialogue, at MTC, Mill Valley

“The Wolves” Entertains with Musical Dialogue, at MTC, Mill Valley

Millennial Notes Sarah DeLappe Captures Teenage Dynamics by Joan-Kirsti Brennan In “The Wolves,” we get to follow nine teenage girls on their elite indoor soccer field in Middle America. These high school girls dance and weave across the green turf while they talk to each other in rippling flows of conversations that rise and fade and surge again into our attention. They talk about opposing teams, anxieties, international events (from Cambodian war criminals to Chinese internet freedom), dating (“He, like,…

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“Cowboy vs. Samurai”—Sweet & Hilarious, at Pear Theatre, Mountain View

“Cowboy vs. Samurai”—Sweet & Hilarious, at Pear Theatre, Mountain View

Michael Golamco’s Warm-Hearted, Sharp-Tongued Rom-Com by Joan-Kirsti Brennan In “Cowboy vs. Samurai,” Michael Golamco, native to San Mateo, uses humor and sharp dialogue to dig into our cultural taboos on race, love, and activism. At the same time, he gives us characters who are warm, smart, and funny. In Breakneck, Wyoming, against a backdrop of rangeland and distant mountains, we meet the only two members of the BAAA—Breakneck Asian-American Association. They are discussing whether to boycott the local grocer because…

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“The Motherf**ker with the Hat”: A Compelling Ride, at Four Lost Souls, S.F.

“The Motherf**ker with the Hat”: A Compelling Ride, at Four Lost Souls, S.F.

Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Rollicking Rollercoaster of Sex & Addiction   by Joan-Kirsti Brennan In Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl describes an “existential vacuum”: people “haunted by the experience of their inner emptiness, a void within themselves.” Searching for answers outside themselves, the characters in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ sharp New York comedy orbit the void, hoping to fill it with drugs, love, sex, violence, or even nutritional beverages. Set Designer Travis Clark and Director Peter Allas have wittily created settings…

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Joan Kirsti-Brennan

Joan Kirsti-Brennan

Joan Kirsti-Brennan, a lifelong Bay Area resident, Joan teaches horseback riding and trains horses. She also works with the Terma Foundation, an international healthcare nonprofit. She holds an M.S. in Conservation Biology–but literature classes were always her favorite.