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Author: Evelyn Arevalo

“The Resting Place” Exposes Horrifying Family Secrets, at Magic Theatre, S.F.

“The Resting Place” Exposes Horrifying Family Secrets, at Magic Theatre, S.F.

Millennial Notes Ashlin Halfnight Questions Unconditional Love by Evelyn Arevalo “Even though I’m no more than a monster–don’t I, too, have the right to live?”   –Oldboy “The  Resting Place” hit me in my gut. A family is brought together by tragedy, in the aftermath of a sudden suicide. We are thrust into the lives of two very headstrong sisters, take-no-prisoners Macy (stern Emily Radosevich) and self-righteous Annie (skillful Martha Brigham). They are forced to pick up the pieces after they…

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“Seen/By Everyone” Lyrically Dissects Online Grief, at Yugen, S.F.

“Seen/By Everyone” Lyrically Dissects Online Grief, at Yugen, S.F.

Millennial Notes     Nick Ishimaru Directs a Poem to Digital Death by Evelyn Arevalo If we die tomorrow, how do we consolidate our images: the one our friends and family will have? Who will hear the messages on our Instagram, on Facebook? Director Nick Ishimaru beautifully dissects death in the digital age, providing insights into public expressions grief. In Theatre of Yugen’s “Seen/By Everyone,” we are immersed in a dimly lit bar that represents the digital world. Seven figures stand…

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“Fun Home”—Heartfelt Sexual Coming Of Age, at TheatreWorks, Mountain View

“Fun Home”—Heartfelt Sexual Coming Of Age, at TheatreWorks, Mountain View

Millennial Notes Alison Bechdel Hits Home in Revolutionary Musical by Evelyn Arevalo “Fun Home” opens on a solitary artist’s drawing board in a vast, dark space.  Graphic novelist Alison Bechdel casually strolls in and begins to reminisce about her troubled childhood in a funeral home. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Fun Home” brilliantly depicts Alison’s awakening lesbian sexuality, her father’s suicide, and the effects on her family. Scenic designer Andrea Bechert creates a magnificent mansion, with sumptuous…

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“Refugee Voices & Trojan Women” Awakens Our Empathy, at Multi Ethnic Theater, S.F.

“Refugee Voices & Trojan Women” Awakens Our Empathy, at Multi Ethnic Theater, S.F.

Millennial Notes Lewis Campbell  Resurrects Bronze Age Conflict   by Evelyn Arevalo Director Lewis Campbell packs two spectacular tales of terror and pain into a brief 70 minute extravaganza. By the end, we are left speechless and angry. Campbell embraces big drama. He shows an adulterous Helen of Troy (sultry Joanna Mahaffy) emerging from her self-imprisonment in a tower, wearing a beautiful, ivory-toned satin dress, dripping with jewels. As Helen pleads her case, she seduces us with her bewitching looks…

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