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Author: Rachel Norby

“Ripcord”: Hilarious Odd Couple Takes a Leap, at CCCT, El Cerrito

“Ripcord”: Hilarious Odd Couple Takes a Leap, at CCCT, El Cerrito

Lindsay-Abaire Infuses Senior Living with New Life  by Rachel Norby & Barry David Horwitz “Ripcord” by David Lindsay-Abaire tells the story of two women sharing a room in a senior living home, surprising us with humor, enmity, and jokes. Strewn with witty one-liners and wonderfully absurd inventions, “Ripcord” makes every minute fun. The humorless Abby (commanding Laurie Strawn), prim and stern, is infuriated by her new roommate, the eccentric Marilyn (colorful Sandi V. Weldon). Strawn assumes the role of a…

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“Everything Is Illuminated” Sheds Light on WWII Ukraine, at Aurora, Berkeley

“Everything Is Illuminated” Sheds Light on WWII Ukraine, at Aurora, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Foer & Block Show Why History Matters      by Rachel Norby Simon Block’s adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Everything is Illuminated exposes the unfortunate ignorance that swirls around us. Foer articulates the urgent need for empathy, today. Jonathan (energetic Jeremy Kahn)—channeling a young, self-important Rick Moranis—arrives in Ukraine intent on finding a woman in an old family photograph. Jonathan believes that the woman, Augustine, saved his grandfather from the Nazis during WWII, enabling him to escape to…

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“Wizard of Oz”—Charming Stage Pictures, at Berkeley Playhouse

“Wizard of Oz”—Charming Stage Pictures, at Berkeley Playhouse

Millennial Notes Lexie Lazear Orchestrates Lovely Performance by Rachel Norby At Berkeley Playhouse, Director Lexie Lazear’s version of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” includes a talented cast, well-choreographed musical numbers, and exquisite costuming. She brings together many moving parts to create a fantastical journey along the yellow brick road. The costume designers outdo themselves in the visually stunning Emerald City. Each costume is a fantastic concoction of green, yet no two costumes are the same. Everything sparkles and…

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“Twelfth Night”—A Delightful Whirlwind, at Arabian Shakes, S.F.

“Twelfth Night”—A Delightful Whirlwind, at Arabian Shakes, S.F.

Millennial Notes Audrey Rumsby Rejuvenates Shakespeare Comedy  by Rachel Norby “Twelfth Night” has all the convoluted plot lines and fanciful, farcical characters we expect in a Shakespeare comedy.  And yet, Director Audrey Rumsby has managed to pull it off with only six actors at the Arabian Shakespeare Festival.  Each performer impeccably plays two or three roles, with superb results. The pairings of actors to two or more roles is a fascinating showcase of human behavior. The pairings range from absurd…

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