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“Tenderloin Tour” Ferries Us to Gritty Truths, at Cutting Ball, S.F.

“Tenderloin Tour” Ferries Us to Gritty Truths, at Cutting Ball, S.F.

Millennial Notes Annie Elias Unleashes Tenderloin Force by Evelyn Arevalo & Carly Van Liere Cutting Ball Theatre starts their new season with a blast with “Prime Cuts” from their hit 2012 docu-drama “The Tenderloin Tour.” Their Taylor Street theater, in the heart of the S.F. Tenderloin, tells us poignant, visceral tales about real, local folks. “The Tenderloin Tour” delves below the superficial grimness of the Tenderloin, and reveals a neighborhood of passionate, lively, and intelligent citizens. Writer and director Annie…

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“Come from Away”—Finds New Land in Our Hearts, at SHN, S.F

“Come from Away”—Finds New Land in Our Hearts, at SHN, S.F

Sankoff & Hein Offer Hope & Hospitality for ALL by Rachel Norby & Barry David Horwitz With Celtic overtones and intriguingly accented songs, the driving beat of “Welcome to the Rock” lands us on the island of Newfoundland, in remote Canadian waters. By the end of the musical, we realize that we, too, would like to be Newfoundlanders, because “the island makes the man.” SHN’s Touring Company of “Come from Away” shows what happened to passengers in the air after…

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“Arcadia”—A Lively & Witty Mystery, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“Arcadia”—A Lively & Witty Mystery, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

Tom Stoppard Plants Modern Mirror in Romantic Garden by Joanna G. Harris & Barry David Horwitz Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia,” wittily directed by Patrick Dooley, pits history against fantasy, with scenes flashing back and forth between an elegant English country house in 1809 and in 1992. It’s a brilliant movie technique, transferred to the stage at Shotgun Players. In Dooley’s clever staging, people 200 years apart get to mingle and converse across time. We get to go Back to the Future–and…

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“A Time for Hawking” Tickles the Universe, at Indra’s Net, Berkeley

“A Time for Hawking” Tickles the Universe, at Indra’s Net, Berkeley

Bruce Coughran Convokes Three Wise Brits & the Big Bang by Barry David Horwitz Listen closely and you can hear the rumble of Stephen Hawking’s Big Bang working its way through the universe. In the last hours before New Year’s 1963, three young friends play croquet and illuminate the secrets of Time and Space. The superb Alan Coyne creates a fascinating, hypnotic young Hawking, amazing us with detail and finesse. It’s an intimate play with big questions on the green…

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