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“Mamma Mia!” I think I’ll go AGAIN! to Center REP, Walnut Creek

“Mamma Mia!” I think I’ll go AGAIN! to Center REP, Walnut Creek

Millennial Notes Director Marc Jacobs Gives Us an Idyllic Summer of Love  by Carly Van Liere In our constant assault of breaking news and conflict around every corner, we need some time off to remember fun in the sun. Well, we found it at Center REP.  “Mamma Mia!” gives us love, friendship, spectacular visual aesthetics, and blissfully nostalgic ABBA tunes. The story revolves around twenty-year-old Sophie (radiant Giana Gambardella), who aims to invite her biological father to her wedding. But…

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“Northanger Abbey” Highlights Subtle Progressive Messages, at The Pear, Mountain View

“Northanger Abbey” Highlights Subtle Progressive Messages, at The Pear, Mountain View

Millennial Notes  Diane Tasca’s Adaptation Shines in Key Moments  by Justin Lopez Imagine a dark stage with shadowy figures holding elaborate picture frames around their dimly lit faces. The obscure setting evokes a mysterious corner of an old castle. The veiled figures hurl warnings at a frightened young girl who is searching for clues to a murder. This emotional climax in Pear Theatre’s “Northanger Abbey,” adapted by Diane Tasca, has us on the edge of our seats, though it takes…

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“Kiss” Challenges Illusions & Delusions, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“Kiss” Challenges Illusions & Delusions, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Guillermo Calderón Expands Our Hearts and Minds by Kelsey Severson Guillermo Calderon’s “Kiss” speaks powerfully on our western ignorance about the Middle Eastern wars. Although ‘Kiss” begins with comic, melodramatic acting and a messy love triangle, Calderón is tackling our willful blindness about the lives of other people. “Kiss” breaks down barriers between the stage and daily life. We laugh out loud, sitting on the edge of our seats. The over-the-top emotions of purposely self-conscious actors push us…

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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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