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“Oakland Raiders, True Crime, & Coming of Age in SF”—at The Marsh

“Oakland Raiders, True Crime, & Coming of Age in SF”—at The Marsh

Millennial Notes Chuck Nevius, Chron Reporter, Celebrates Captivating Stories by Jordan Freed Chuck (C.W.) Nevius has been writing news and sports stories for 40 years at the San Francisco Chronicle.  Now Chuck is turning his storytelling skills inward, and the result is mesmerizing. Nevius’ wonderful performance reaches the heights when old emotions attached to news stories rise to the surface. As a young man in Colorado, he covered local high school football games before moving to San Francisco to work…

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“Tartuffe”—Thoroughly Modern Moliere, at CAL, Berkeley

“Tartuffe”—Thoroughly Modern Moliere, at CAL, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Director Dominique Lozano Dazzles with Inventive Staging by Jordan Freed Cal’s production of Moliere’s “Tartuffe” turns out to be glamorous and modern, with amazing sets.  The stage is filled by a backyard pavilion in full L.A. splendor, glowing with excess and luxury. There’s a huge outdoor TV, a fireplace surrounded by cushy lawn chairs, and a juice bar!  To grab the spirit of Dominique Lozano’s “Tartuffe,” imagine an Instagram Influencer or You Tube Star speaking in poetic verse….

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“Cardboard Piano” Shocks with War & Love in Uganda, at NCTC, S.F.

“Cardboard Piano” Shocks with War & Love in Uganda, at NCTC, S.F.

Hansol Jung Dissects Sin & Forgiveness by Jordan Freed and Barry David Horwitz      Who has the power to absolve us? Does God or those we have sinned against? The intense dialogue of “Cardboard Piano” demands we wrestle with sin and redemption. How much violence makes us irredeemable? The show begins with the secret wedding of Chris (sharp Megan Timpane) and Adiel (warm-hearted Gabriella Momah). Chris, the daughter of the U.S. missionary in their village, is in love with Adiel, her…

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“Caesar Maximus” Strolls & Struggles in Golden Gate Park, at We Players, S.F.

“Caesar Maximus” Strolls & Struggles in Golden Gate Park, at We Players, S.F.

Millennial Notes Shakespeare, Medina, & Roy Invoke a New Female Caesar by Jordan Freed Among the striking Roman columns of the Music Concourse, Julius Caesar feels right at home. Ornate renaissance fountains adorned with sculptures fit right into the world of Caesar’s Rome. “Caesar Maximus”—adapted for We Players by Nick Medina from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”—feels cinematic, immersed in grand architecture and stirring music. The Soothsayer (Emily Stone) guides us through the world of “Caesar Maximus,” with Libby Oberlin as the…

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