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“Mary Poppins” Inspires Rich & Poor, at S.F. Playhouse

“Mary Poppins” Inspires Rich & Poor, at S.F. Playhouse

Millennial Notes Susi Damilano Delivers a Poppin’ Nanny for the Ages by Rachel Norby and Tyler Jeffreys P.L. Travers’ quirky,  beloved English governess, Mary Poppins (commanding El Beh), takes a sharp, new turn in director Susi Damilano’s staging. When Mary sings “The whole bloomin’ Empire,” she reminds us that the British Empire is ruling the world in 1900. Mary’s natural alliance with Bert the Chimney Sweeper, (swaggy Wiley Naman Strasser), defines a new “Poppins.” Unlike the Disney movie, this “Mary…

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“Aida”—A Kinetic Explosion! at Broadway by the Bay, Redwood City

“Aida”—A Kinetic Explosion! at Broadway by the Bay, Redwood City

Millennial Notes Elton John, Tim Rice Expose Imperialism Today by Tyler Jeffreys Broadway by the Bay’s “Aida” explodes with energetic performances that give me goosebumps. The ensemble’s game is tight. My eyes are glued to the brilliant dancers–Angelica Scott, Daniel Lloyd Pias, and Ali Lacer. In the Egyptian desert, Scott dazzles in “The Dance of the Robe,” my favorite number.   Choreographer Nicole Helfer adds gorgeous West African dance moves to Elton’s John’s drum driven score. The Nubian slaves are celebrating…

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“Graveyard Shift” Digs Up Texas Terror, at S.F. Playhouse

“Graveyard Shift” Digs Up Texas Terror, at S.F. Playhouse

Millennial Notes Korde Arrington Tuttle Blends News & Poetry by Tyler Jeffreys  “Graveyard Shift” shows us just how awkward it is for us “all to just get along.” We see a Black couple from Chicago and a White couple from Texas–both dancing to Bobby Schmurda’s gangsta song “Hot Nigga.” Playwright Korde Arrington Tuttle is toying with my mind, and his odd style reels me in. When I see the two White police officers, Elise (innocent Amanda Farbstein) and Brian (sulking…

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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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