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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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“Sense and Sensibility” Slides into Town Hall, Lafayette

“Sense and Sensibility” Slides into Town Hall, Lafayette

Kate Hamill Reimagines Jane Austen by Robert M. Gardner Jane Austen’s charming Dashwood sisters thrive in Town Hall’s  latest production,  “Sense and Sensibility.” Hilarity abounds in Kate Hamill’s award winning 2014 comedy, which Huff Post calls:  “The greatest stage adaptation of this novel in history.” We find ourselves rooting for the Dashwood sisters as they search for love and security in an English romance. Hamill whisks us into the antics and hearts of Elinor Dashwood (strong, controlled Heather Buck) and…

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“What the Constitution Means to Me” Updates Us on Our Rights, at Berkeley Rep

“What the Constitution Means to Me” Updates Us on Our Rights, at Berkeley Rep

Heidi Schreck’s Personalized U.S. History Delivers the Goods by Barry David Horwitz Heidi Schreck plays the Constitution like a Stradavarius, deploying Amendments, lyrically, in defense of the rights of women, LGBT, and minorities. Heidi acquired her skills in a series of Constitutional debates, organized by the stingy palace guardians at the American Legion. On stage, we are confronted with a typical mid-century, mid-western American Legion war veteran meeting hall. We could be anywhere in Peoria or in Fresno. On the back…

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“Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” Exhilarating, at Crowded Fire, S.F.

“Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” Exhilarating, at Crowded Fire, S.F.

Alice Birch’s Women Revel in Un-Civil Disobedience    by Kim Waldron The career woman wants more time off from work.  The young girl is forced to marry her rapist. A woman feels trapped by even the idea of married life.  Fear of rape. Domestic violence as a family tradition. Everything in “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” reminds me of another woman I know. British playwright Alice Birch captures the world as it is. Then she issues a manifesto for revolution…

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