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“#GetGandhi” Delights and Inspires, at Z Space, S.F.

“#GetGandhi” Delights and Inspires, at Z Space, S.F.

Anne Galjour’s Heartfelt Comedy Strikes Gold by Mary Volmer In Anne Galjour’s poignant new comedy “#GetGandhi, A Seriously Radical Feminist Comedy,” a multi-generational sorority of feminists conspire to tear down the statue of Gandhi in San Francisco. They object to Gandhi’s practice of sleeping with naked young women to test his “seminal continence,” or celibacy. At first, it’s a head scratcher. The #MeToo movement makes celibacy seem a strange thing to protest. And really, what good can it do to…

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“King of Cuba” Tickles, Triumphs, at Central Works, Berkeley

“King of Cuba” Tickles, Triumphs, at Central Works, Berkeley

Cristina Garcia Makes Comedy of Clashing Cuban Patriarchs by Mary Volmer Pictured on the cover of Central Works’ program for Cristina Garcia’s “King of Cuba” is a sandcastle. It’s the work of a determined child, symmetrical and elegant in its simplicity. But look closely: the turret topped with a Cuban flag is crumbling. And what will become of the castle and the flag when the tide changes? What will take its place? Funny as it might seem to comment on…

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Mary Volmer

Mary Volmer

Mary Volmer is the author of two novels: Crown of Dust (Soho Press, 2010) and Reliance, Illinois (Soho Press, 2016). Her essays, reviews, and short stories have appeared in various publications, including Mutha Magazine,the Farallon Review, Women’s Basketball Magazine, Fiction Writers Review, Historical Novel Society Review, The New Orleans Review, Brevity, and Ploughshares. After earning a master’s degree at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where she was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College (CA).  She has been awarded residencies at…

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