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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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“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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“Between Us” Forges New Paths, at TheatreFIRST, Berkeley

“Between Us” Forges New Paths, at TheatreFIRST, Berkeley

Viñas, Sakata, Tracys’ Heroes Inspire by Robert M. Gardner TheatreFIRST steps out boldly in its premier production of “Between Us,” Part B–with three solo plays by Bay Area artists. Part B forcefully tells the stories of three neglected U.S. historical figures. These remarkable politically charged works question U.S. imperial politics, and sound the alert. In “La Profesora: The Story of Nibia Sabalsagaray,” written and directed by Noelle Viñas, we learn about the United States’ covert CIA Project Condor in Uruguay. Virginia…

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“Partition” Celebrates Spiritual Insights, at Indra’s Net, Berkeley

“Partition” Celebrates Spiritual Insights, at Indra’s Net, Berkeley

Ira Hauptman Mixes Math with Mysticism by Barry David Horwitz The struggle between Indian spirituality and English stubbornness comes to an intimate and exciting revelation, reflecting the Partition of India and the looming end of the British Empire. If the British understood their essentially racist role in India, they might have seen the beautiful contributions of a colonial people entirely unlike themselves. When a brilliant young Indian mathematician arrives at a hostile Cambridge University in 1913, he is faced with…

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