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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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“Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?” Rules! at The Marsh, S.F.

“Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?” Rules! at The Marsh, S.F.

Irma Herrera’s Success Celebrates Names & Identities by Cynthia K. Lopez In the U.S., why do we think it’s okay to mangle a person’s name or assign them an entirely new one, if the original is hard to pronounce? Civil rights attorney, social justice advocate, journalist, and playwright, Irma Herrera, asks, “Why would I mispronounce my own name?” starting with her own, in her engaging solo show. Irma coaches us on her name: “Smile first,” she coaxes. Phonetically, it’s EAR-ma,…

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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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“Hand to God” Grabs Us by the Funny Bone, at Altarena Playhouse, Alameda

“Hand to God” Grabs Us by the Funny Bone, at Altarena Playhouse, Alameda

Millennial Notes Robert Askins’ Obscene Puppet Sabotages the Church by Tyler Jeffreys Altarena Playhouse’s “Hand to God” magnifies the age-old philosophical question: What is right and wrong?  Playwright Robert Askins uses puppets to tell a story of a lustful, sex-crazed church family in a small southern town. The human and puppet characters spring to life in this Bible Belt, bonified sex romp! A Sunday school teacher and recent widow, Margery (alluring, hilarious Melanie DuPuy) is having a tough time running…

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