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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. The musical reminds me of a cartoon fable. Secretive artist Seurat (melodic John Bambery) is…

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“Dry Powder” Ignites Greedy Passions, at Aurora, Berkeley

“Dry Powder” Ignites Greedy Passions, at Aurora, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Sarah Burgess Dissects Financiers’ Brains by Michael V. Rodriguez I felt like a community college student at a Harvard Business School law class watching “Dry Powder.” I felt scared, afraid, and alone, but Sarah Burgess brings us into the fold, quickly, appealing to our malicious impulse to delight in others’ losses. Her bickering businessmen in a surgical setting hold our attention better than a Netflix sitcom. Burgess transforms the mysterious world of finance into dark comedy. “Dry Powder”…

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“Measure for Measure” Mocks First World Problems, at Lunatico, Berkeley

“Measure for Measure” Mocks First World Problems, at Lunatico, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Shakespeare Says, “Get Over Sex Obsession!” by Tyler Jeffreys Think a fusion of Mad Max, The Purge, and The White House all in one. Theatre Lunatico uses Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” to create a surreal post-apocalyptic world. In this world,sex surrounds the citizens but is against the law (unless you’re married).  Scraps and trash hang on the walls along with sharp weapons, the world looks like a violent wasteland. Angelo—he’s no angel– worries about who is having sex,…

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“Seeing Red” Brings Cheers, Shouts, at S.F. Mime Troupe

“Seeing Red” Brings Cheers, Shouts, at S.F. Mime Troupe

Millennial Notes  Agbabiaka, Holden Find Socialism in Trumpland by Evelyn Arevalo The San Francisco Mime Troupe kicks off its 59th season with a comic  musical, “Seeing Red,” in the midst of an enthusiastic Opening Day audience. A hand-crafted wooden stage, smack dab in the middle of Dolores Park, sports picket signs announcing: “Build that Wall!” and a caricature of Donald Trump. We are visiting Ruby’s Bar, along with the regulars in a small Ohio town. We are invited in, to…

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