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Author: Evelyn Arevalo

“Santaland Diaries”: Hilarious Working Elf Reflects, at TheatreWorks, Los Altos

“Santaland Diaries”: Hilarious Working Elf Reflects, at TheatreWorks, Los Altos

Millennial Notes Max Tachis, Jeffrey Lo Delight in Holiday Shenanigans   by Evelyn Arevalo What better way to finish off the year than treating yourself to Joe Mantello’s dramatization of David Sedaris’ famous essay “The Santaland Diaries”? Brought to life by multifaceted star Max Tachis, this one man show pushes the boundaries of interactive and outrageous storytelling. Christmas may never recover. Tachis shepherds us through David Sedaris’ early thirties, playing the starving New York writer. Sedaris is forced to work…

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“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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