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“The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?”—Best of Breed! at Custom Made, S.F.

“The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?”—Best of Breed! at Custom Made, S.F.

Edward Albee’s Thriller Breaks All Rules by Barry David Horwitz Some productions just go beyond our fondest expectations. That magical moment happens when superb, thoughtful acting, skilled direction, and a masterful script combine to produce 90 minutes of pure provocation and delight. At Custom Made Theatre, Director Paul Stout, and four comic/tragic actors at the top of their game have grabbed the Gold Ring. In “The Goat, or Who Is Silvia?” the cast and crew have struck gold with Edward…

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“Church” Blows the Roof Off Religion, at Crowded Fire, S.F.

“Church” Blows the Roof Off Religion, at Crowded Fire, S.F.

Young Jean Lee Reincarnates Faith in Song and Dance by Barry David Horwitz Crowded Fire’s intimate stage is now the pulpit of a church, with soaring ceilings and high church windows. It’s all bathed in a bright, spiritual glow like sunshine indoors, and we are the faithful, summoned to witness the four pastors’ religious testimonies. On the steep pews facing them, we are plunged into complete darkness—while a resonant voice out of the dark intones everyone’s basic fears, doubts, and…

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“Dead and Breathing” Turns Toward Life, at Rhino, S.F.

“Dead and Breathing” Turns Toward Life, at Rhino, S.F.

Chisa Hutchinson Celebrates Two Black Women in Crisis by Barry David Horwitz Two black women are struggling over life and death. One is a wealthy woman in hospice care who is dying of cancer. She can’t die fast enough for to suit herself, so she tries to get help from her nurse. Her nurse, Veronika Fern, is a god-fearing Christian young woman, who works hard and has no time for a self-indulgent slouch like Carolyn. They form an ill-matched pair—but…

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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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