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“All the Way” Makes LBJ Real to Us, at Palo Alto Players

“All the Way” Makes LBJ Real to Us, at Palo Alto Players

Robert Schenkkan Reveals Women behind Throne by Barry David Horwitz The power behind Lyndon Baines Johnson (sympathetic Michael Monagle) is Lady Bird Johnson (touching Gwendolyne Wagner). Lady Bird knows when to kowtow and when to flee the room. Well, it turns out that Lady Bird was the source of LBJ’s wealth, of his TV stations and newspapers in Texas. So, the woman behind LBJ made him what he is in “All the Way,” the Tony Award winning drama that tells…

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“PlayGround 25” Celebrates Writers, Actors, Directors, at Berkeley Rep

“PlayGround 25” Celebrates Writers, Actors, Directors, at Berkeley Rep

Jim Kleinmann Sparks Six Mini-Plays Monthly by Barry David Horwitz When all the theaters go dark on Monday nights, the best playwrights, actors, and directors magically appear in six ten-minute plays. The sorcerer is Jim Kleinmann, Artistic Director of PlayGround, who has personally staged more than 150 original short works in 25 seasons.  It’s a secret writer’s paradise—a once a month event at Berkeley Rep. PlayGround continues the 25th season of its celebrated Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series on…

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“The Boy from Oz” Dances into Our Hearts, at Rhino, S.F.

“The Boy from Oz” Dances into Our Hearts, at Rhino, S.F.

Peter Allen Inspires Tears, Joy from Down Under by Barry David Horwitz Director John Fisher has done it again. He has revived the most fabulous gay musical, telling the story of famous lounge singer, dancer, and songwriter Peter Allen. Even though I didn’t know the fabulous story of Peter, Judy, Greg, and Liza, the music and heartfelt performances impart warmth and understanding to 40 years of LGBTQ struggle and triumph. Little Peter Allen as a young boy (brilliant, adorable Cameron…

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“You Mean to Do Me Harm”—Four Superb Actors Expose Our Obsessions, at S.F. Playhouse

“You Mean to Do Me Harm”—Four Superb Actors Expose Our Obsessions, at S.F. Playhouse

Christopher Chen, Bill English Pit Techies against Redwoods by Barry David Horwitz Ben drops an “innocent” remark at a cocktail party about a camping trip/date in long ago college days, and hints at U.S. “mountain man” tendencies. That’s all it takes to taint the relations between two inter-racial couples, who teeter on the edge of making the China-U.S. political/cultural debate into their own marital disasters. Christopher Chen’s brilliant dialogue between four people over small issues brilliantly turns snobbish banter into…

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