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“Dȇmos Krátos Theátro” Inspires Laughs & Voting, at PianoFight, S.F.

“Dȇmos Krátos Theátro” Inspires Laughs & Voting, at PianoFight, S.F.

Maryssa Wanlass Activates Citizen Engagement by Jennifer Ann Charron Utopia Theatre Project kicks off their second season with “Dȇmos Krátos Theátro: Plays by and for the People” rich with in-your-face satire and poignant musical comedy. Three incisive short plays by local writers condemn voter apathy, gin up voters, and parade the terrors of non-voting. Artistic Director Maryssa Wanlass transforms modern vaudeville into a spectacle promoting fresh political engagement. Like a late night TV host, Wanlass comes and goes. She interjects…

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“A Doll’s House, Part 2” Redefines Marriage, at Berkeley Rep

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” Redefines Marriage, at Berkeley Rep

Lucas Hnath Updates, Invigorates Ibsen Classic by Barry David Horwitz When in the history of plays has a young writer taken on a hundred plus years old classic and written a “Part 2”? The audacity of Lucas Hnath’s undertaking is only outweighed by his stellar, modern take in “A Doll’s House, Part 2.”  Norwegian Henrik Ibsen must be applauding from Playwright Heaven. When the issue of whether Nora and Torvald are legally divorced comes up, we are challenged again on…

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“Caesar Maximus” Strolls & Struggles in Golden Gate Park, at We Players, S.F.

“Caesar Maximus” Strolls & Struggles in Golden Gate Park, at We Players, S.F.

Millennial Notes Shakespeare, Medina, & Roy Invoke a New Female Caesar by Jordan Freed Among the striking Roman columns of the Music Concourse, Julius Caesar feels right at home. Ornate renaissance fountains adorned with sculptures fit right into the world of Caesar’s Rome. “Caesar Maximus”—adapted for We Players by Nick Medina from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”—feels cinematic, immersed in grand architecture and stirring music. The Soothsayer (Emily Stone) guides us through the world of “Caesar Maximus,” with Libby Oberlin as the…

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“Detroit ‘67” Depicts Days of Fear & Rebellion, at Aurora, Berkeley

“Detroit ‘67” Depicts Days of Fear & Rebellion, at Aurora, Berkeley

Dominique Morisseau Aims for Motown Glory by Barry David Horwitz In Detroit in the long hot summer of 1967, the political winds are burning hot—under Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the anti-Vietnam war protests. Police brutality against African Americans in the big cities is boiling up and the lid is about to blow off. The season of political uprisings is raging, already, leading up to the Anti-War demonstrations in Chicago in 1968, at the Democratic Convention….

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