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“Fairview” Takes Back Black Culture, at Berkeley Rep

“Fairview” Takes Back Black Culture, at Berkeley Rep

Millennial Notes  Jackie Sibblies Drury Invents New Poppin’ Style by Tyler Jeffreys “I think we live in a world that enjoys Black Culture and dislikes Black People.”                                                                                    –Cecil Emeke, filmmaker “Fairview” breaks all the drama rules. In her brilliant play, Jackie Sibblies Drury finally figures out how to wake up White America to their meddling in Black culture—in a shocking new way! When you see a Black movie or a Black play, what do you expect? Unless it’s aimed…

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“Baby Doll” Teases Out Tense Truths, at Shelton Theater, S.F.

“Baby Doll” Teases Out Tense Truths, at Shelton Theater, S.F.

Millennial Notes Tennessee Williams & Will Marchetti Toy with Our Senses   by Tyler Jeffreys Tennessee Williams should be required reading–like Shakespeare. Williams asks primal, fundamental questions about women and men that still confuse us. Director Will Marchetti goes straight for the jugular in his unapologetic version of Williams’ “Baby Doll.” Twenty years old and stuck in an arranged marriage with crude Archie Lee (raw Matt Shelton), Baby Doll (sensual Briana Walsh)  is still holding on to her virginity. Even…

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“for colored girls” Unifies & Sanctifies, at African American Shakes, S.F.

“for colored girls” Unifies & Sanctifies, at African American Shakes, S.F.

Millennial Notes Ntozake Shange Brightens Colorful American Souls by Tyler Jeffreys “for colored girls” feels like a healing session for the oppressed woman–not a show. Even the White women in the audience snap their fingers, relating to their darker sisters. “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf,” like the “Vagina Monologues,” is a series of  soliloquies pieced together. Each woman tells her story while the rest of the ensemble nods and “mmhmms” in agreement….

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“Pool of Unknown Wonders” Glows & Beckons, at Ubuntu, Berkeley

“Pool of Unknown Wonders” Glows & Beckons, at Ubuntu, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Philip Kan Gotanda Generates a Modern Myth  by Tyler Jeffreys In “Pool of Unknown Wonders: Undertow of the Soul,” Philip Kan Gotanda takes us on a surreal, sci-fi adventure, prompting questions about time and society. Gotanda is asking:  How can we reach “The Pool?”  Gotanda and Ubuntu Theater Project take us on a space voyage that creates a new myth, ready to be explored by other artists. In “Pool of Unknown Wonders,” six passengers take a spaceship to…

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