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“Tenderloin Tour” Ferries Us to Gritty Truths, at Cutting Ball, S.F.

“Tenderloin Tour” Ferries Us to Gritty Truths, at Cutting Ball, S.F.

Millennial Notes Annie Elias Unleashes Tenderloin Force by Evelyn Arevalo & Carly Van Liere Cutting Ball Theatre starts their new season with a blast with “Prime Cuts” from their hit 2012 docu-drama “The Tenderloin Tour.” Their Taylor Street theater, in the heart of the S.F. Tenderloin, tells us poignant, visceral tales about real, local folks. “The Tenderloin Tour” delves below the superficial grimness of the Tenderloin, and reveals a neighborhood of passionate, lively, and intelligent citizens. Writer and director Annie…

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“The North Pool” Pulls Us In, at Bread & Butter, S.F.

“The North Pool” Pulls Us In, at Bread & Butter, S.F.

Millennial Notes Rajiv Joseph Reveals Secrets in Student-Teacher Struggle by Nico Storrow Bread & Butter Theatre’s “The North Pool” combines great acting with power dynamics, race, and suicide. Rajiv Joseph’s gem of a ‘two-hander’ pits an Arab-American high school student against a shifty, overbearing white Vice-Principal. Dr. Danielson (electric Bruce Avery) invites bewildered student Khadim (versatile Zaya Kolia) into his bare-bones office for a “chat.” Along with Khadim, we struggle to understand why he has been summoned at 4:00 p.m.,…

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“Skin of Our Teeth” Taunts US, Terrifically, at Actors Ensemble, Berkeley

“Skin of Our Teeth” Taunts US, Terrifically, at Actors Ensemble, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Thornton Wilder Imagines Hilarious Apocalypse by Tyler Jeffreys If the audience is laughing…they’re listening.     –V. Cate (playwright) You’ve heard that laughter is the best teacher.  So, “The Skin of our Teeth” at Live Oak Park uses hearty laughs to reminds us about human oneness and empathy. The Actors Ensemble of Berkeley takes us a topsy-turvy journey through human history. And it’s hilarious. The glacier is coming, and it’s happening in Berkeley! “The Skin of Our Teeth” is a…

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“A Noh Christmas Carol”—Hypnotic, Haunting Holiday Treat, at Yugen, S.F.

“A Noh Christmas Carol”—Hypnotic, Haunting Holiday Treat, at Yugen, S.F.

Millennial Notes Nick Ishimaru Switches Up Our Dickens’ Lens by Carly Van Liere We’ve seen A Christmas Carol a million times. On big stages like ACT’s, in movies and theaters, on TV Christmas specials. We have all encountered Dickens’ Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come . At Theatre of Yugen’s “A Noh Christmas Carol,”  we get the opportunity to engage with the story in a Japanese theatrical framework. Director Nick Ishimaru uses classical Noh and Kabuki techniques to bring…

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