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“Mother Lear”—Intimate Glimpse into Dementia, at We Players, S.F.

“Mother Lear”—Intimate Glimpse into Dementia, at We Players, S.F.

Millennial Notes Roy & Walsh Stir Souls with King Lear Mash-Up   by Emily Colby An old woman shuffles onto a bare stage in a beautiful, vintage fur coat and old, raggedy pajama bottoms. Her paper crown glistens in the lights. Everything about her is contradictory. The deep tones of her voice dominate the room, but her unkempt appearance suggests she could blend in with the forgotten homeless on Market Street, just outside. Wrinkled skin and discolored hair show her…

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“The Dream of Kitamura”: A Surreal Whodunit, at CAL, Berkeley

“The Dream of Kitamura”: A Surreal Whodunit, at CAL, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Philip Kan Gotanda Makes His Dream Ours by Dan Kennard When a friend emphatically says, “I had the craziest dream last night,” we listen with polite disinterest, nodding  in a trance, as this friend babbles on about god knows what because no one cares. Finally, this friend breaks the spell–“Pretty crazy huh?” It’s hard to make dreams interesting. Playwright and director Philip Kan Gotanda had a dream, and thankfully for us, he turned it into a play, “The…

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“Gangster of Love”—A Spectacular Family Reunion, at Magic Theatre, S.F.

“Gangster of Love”—A Spectacular Family Reunion, at Magic Theatre, S.F.

Millennial Notes Hagedorn, Greco Create Masterful Visual Palette by Evelyn Arevalo “The Gangster of Love” by Jessica Hagedorn transports us to the 70s, to follow the outlandish exploits of the newly arrived Filipino Rivera family in San Francisco. Get ready to be amazed by a live action rock band, a psychedelic LSD trip, and a raucous birthday party. Director Loretta Greco gives us an intimate look into the Rivera family’s troubled assimilation into America. With them, we travel the familiar…

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“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”–Playful Dark Comedy, at CCCT, El Cerrito

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”–Playful Dark Comedy, at CCCT, El Cerrito

Millennial Notes Christopher Durang’s Riff on Chekhov’s Entourage by Emily Colby Anton Chekhov, Snow White, Maggie Smith, Voodoo, and a shirtless 20-something. It’s like TV’s Chopped, where unexpected ingredients come together to create a pop-culture challenge. But, instead of cuisine, CCCT is serving up a fresh, fanciful comedy, called “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Chekhov’s early 20th  century Russia finds a new home in 21st Century Bucks County, Pennsylvania, one of the swankiest suburbs in the U.S. Well,…

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