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♦ “Angels in America”: A Legendary Roy Cohn, at Berkeley Rep

♦ “Angels in America”: A Legendary Roy Cohn, at Berkeley Rep

Millennial Notes Stephen Spinella Slays Us as Prince of Darkness     by Tyler Jeffreys Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes Part 1: “Millennium Approaches” At the Berkeley Rep production of Angels in America, Stephen Spinella dominates the stage as Roy M. Cohn, the real-life 50s to 80s, connected, sleazy, closeted gay lawyer. In Tony Kushner’s epic drama, Cohn reveals himself as a soldier in the conquering forces of the conservative Reagan revolution of the 80s. Spinella reaches…

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♦ “Angels in America”—More Powerful & Prophetic than Ever, at Berkeley Rep

♦ “Angels in America”—More Powerful & Prophetic than Ever, at Berkeley Rep

Kushner & Taccone Magically Make “More Life!” by Barry David Horwitz Part One: “Millennium Approaches” More than 25 years ago, I saw the first production of Angels in America at the old Eureka Theater in the Mission, in 1991. Now we can celebrate Angels‘ brilliant connections between our personal lives and U.S. history, thanks to Tony Taccone’s astounding anniversary production at Berkeley Rep. Artistic Director Taccone has created the perfect vehicle for Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awards winning…

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“Still at Risk” Sparkles with Style & Savvy, at NCTC, S.F.

“Still at Risk” Sparkles with Style & Savvy, at NCTC, S.F.

Tim Pinckney Enlists Millennials in AIDS Army by Barry David Horwitz Here, at last, we have a new play that melds the 80s with the present and shows how one man’s struggle against AIDS continues today. “Still at Risk” brings us up to date and makes us think about how we can make history. During the reign of Reagan, the President refused to even utter the word AIDS—while thousands were dying. Playwright Tim Pinckney relives the forgotten struggles—following plays like…

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“RENT” Reflects Bay Area 20 Years Later, at Broadway San Jose

“RENT” Reflects Bay Area 20 Years Later, at Broadway San Jose

Jonathan Larson’s Renters Remain Compelling & Moving by Rosa del Duca “RENT” is one of those Broadway shows that has a life far beyond the stage. Ask anyone on the street, and they can probably tell you “RENT” is about young artists living with AIDS, whether they’ve ever seen the show or not. Even more likely, is they know the melody and more than a few lyrics to the musical’s most famous song “Seasons of Love.” More than twenty years…

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