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“Pool of Unknown Wonders” Glows & Beckons, at Ubuntu, Berkeley

“Pool of Unknown Wonders” Glows & Beckons, at Ubuntu, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Philip Kan Gotanda Generates a Modern Myth  by Tyler Jeffreys In “Pool of Unknown Wonders: Undertow of the Soul,” Philip Kan Gotanda takes us on a surreal, sci-fi adventure, prompting questions about time and society. Gotanda is asking:  How can we reach “The Pool?”  Gotanda and Ubuntu Theater Project take us on a space voyage that creates a new myth, ready to be explored by other artists. In “Pool of Unknown Wonders,” six passengers take a spaceship to…

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“King of Cuba” Dissects Revolution, at Central Works, Berkeley

“King of Cuba” Dissects Revolution, at Central Works, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Cristina Garcia Challenges Political Gangs by Tyler Jeffreys The world premiere of “King of Cuba” comically pits two political pity parties, left and right, against each other. Adapting her prize-winning novel of the same name, Cristina Garcia makes fun of both parties, and has us chuckling all the way. Garcia makes fun of two old men at war, in a Cuba versus Florida pissing contest. First, El Comandante, aka Fidel Castro (magical Marga Gomez) celebrates his 90th birthday…

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“White” Blends Pigments Artfully, at Shotgun, Berkeley

“White” Blends Pigments Artfully, at Shotgun, Berkeley

Millennial Notes James Ijames Casts Black Magic by Tyler Jeffreys In James Ijames “White,” Black girl magic steals the show. Diana Ross. Gay White Man Gus’s imaginary friend Diana Ross tells him that his art needs to come from inside. Standing behind her microphone and swaying her hips, Diana advises Gus to let out his inner Black Girl! Diana Ross (sparkling Santoya Fields) magically appears from a hidden fog machine and multicolored lights. She dazzles in a shiny silvery, tight-fitting…

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“Sunday in the Park with George” Glitters, at S.F. Playhouse

“Sunday in the Park with George” Glitters, at S.F. Playhouse

Millennial Notes Sondheim, Lapine Playfully Pick Artist’s Brain by Tyler Jeffreys S.F. Playhouse’s “Sunday in the Park with George” takes a charming, colorful perspective on making art yesterday and today. My favorite number, “It’s Hot Up Here,” features every figure in George Seurat’s famous painting of Parisian workers relaxing on a Sunday afternoon.  They stand eerily still, complaining about living in their 2-D painting prison. This witty musical about an artist’s life unfolds like a brilliant cartoon fable. Secretive artist…

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