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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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“Chekhov’s Ward 6″—Still Critical & Passionate, at Central Works, Berkeley

“Chekhov’s Ward 6″—Still Critical & Passionate, at Central Works, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Gary Graves Exposes Madness & Moral Responsibility by Rachel Norby In his adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s story, “Ward 6,” director Gary Graves demonstrates the ruinous effects of complacency on a man in charge. Set in late 19th century Russia, Chekhov’s story of a run-down, corrupt hospital sounds like today’s torments of mental patients and the homeless.  With first-rate performances and expertly crafted costuming and makeup, in Julia Morgan’s old-fashioned parlor, the inmates cry out and touch our hearts….

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“Seen/By Everyone” Lyrically Dissects Online Grief, at Yugen, S.F.

“Seen/By Everyone” Lyrically Dissects Online Grief, at Yugen, S.F.

Millennial Notes     Nick Ishimaru Directs a Poem to Digital Death by Evelyn Arevalo If we die tomorrow, how do we consolidate our images: the one our friends and family will have? Who will hear the messages on our Instagram, on Facebook? Director Nick Ishimaru beautifully dissects death in the digital age, providing insights into public expressions grief. In Theatre of Yugen’s “Seen/By Everyone,” we are immersed in a dimly lit bar that represents the digital world. Seven figures stand…

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“The Obligation” Delivers Life Lessons, at Potrero Stage, S.F.

“The Obligation” Delivers Life Lessons, at Potrero Stage, S.F.

Millennial Notes Roger Grunwald Embodies Holocaust Stories by Ishai Padawer I was excited to see “The Obligation” at Potrero Stage in San Francisco. Not because I had any idea about Roger Grunwald’s acting (it’s great), or about Nancy Carlin’s directing (it’s excellent). I was excited because I have an unhealthy obsession with the Holocaust since I grew up on a Kibbutz in Israel.  Like most other kids, my parents and teachers dragged me to annual Holocaust memorials, and I watched…

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