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Author: Carly Van Liere

“A Noh Christmas Carol”—Hypnotic, Haunting Holiday Treat, at Yugen, S.F.

“A Noh Christmas Carol”—Hypnotic, Haunting Holiday Treat, at Yugen, S.F.

Millennial Notes Nick Ishimaru Switches Up Our Dickens’ Lens by Carly Van Liere We’ve seen A Christmas Carol a million times. On big stages like ACT’s, in movies and theaters, on TV Christmas specials. We have all encountered Dickens’ Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come . At Theatre of Yugen’s “A Noh Christmas Carol,”  we get the opportunity to engage with the story in a Japanese theatrical framework. Director Nick Ishimaru uses classical Noh and Kabuki techniques to bring…

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“Conference of the Birds”: A Flutter of Wisdom & Fun, at Ubuntu, Oakland

“Conference of the Birds”: A Flutter of Wisdom & Fun, at Ubuntu, Oakland

Millennial Notes Sholeh Wolpé Transforms Church into Spiritual Nest by Carly Van Liere After filing up the long narrow staircase into the second floor aerie of the semi-abandoned Oakland church, we settle, quietly cooing as puffy jackets flutter to rest. Ubuntu Theater Project’s high, domed octagonal room emanates a special aura. The floor is covered in Persian rugs and incense may be wafting through the air. We wait like birds on a wire. I really love a bird theme. Bird…

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“In the Heights” Elevates Immigrant Spirit, at Custom Made, S.F.

“In the Heights” Elevates Immigrant Spirit, at Custom Made, S.F.

Millennial Notes  Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Strong Women Carry the Barrio by Carly Van Liere It’s clear that now is a perfect and poignant time for this awesome musical, as the lights come up on “Abolish ICE” graffiti on Usnavi’s tiny bodega. The growing pains of huge economic changes ring true to the San Francisco audience. From the top of Harlem, Lin-Manuel Miranda tells all… But the message of this play echoes throughout the Bay Area and world. Home is not necessarily…

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“Uncle Vanya”—A Vibrant Cage Match of Discontent, at Cutting Ball, S.F.

“Uncle Vanya”—A Vibrant Cage Match of Discontent, at Cutting Ball, S.F.

Millennial Notes Chekhov Pits City Dreamers against Country Workers by Carly Van Liere The set itself a cage, metal bars and shelves lining two parallel sides of the stage, the audience sits, divided into two, facing itself. The characters bounce off the walls and climb the structure, hands stretched wide as they palm and grasp the handle bars, reaching for an idyllic past or perhaps the future. Director Paige Rogers cleverly subtitles her production: “family baggage minus the handles.” The…

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