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Main Stage West—Best of the Best, in Sebastopol

Main Stage West—Best of the Best, in Sebastopol

REFLECTIONS Elizabeth Craven Creates Exceptional Live Theater by Jennifer Ann Charron Grinding through life as a single mom of two teenagers in the East Bay—you know the drill—underpaid, overworked, I’m lucky enough to spend many weekends in West Sonoma County. A beautiful piece of the North Bay, West Sonoma juxtaposes new vineyards, old hippies, amazing vistas, and great food. There’s a lot to love: Hog Island Oysters, Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt Tam cheese, the steak frites at Graton’s Underwood Bar and…

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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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“Thoroughly Modern Millie”—Antiquated, yet Charming, at CCMT, Walnut Creek

“Thoroughly Modern Millie”—Antiquated, yet Charming, at CCMT, Walnut Creek

Millennial Notes Morris, Scanlan, Tesori Lift Spirits with Light Pastiche Musical by Meaghan Gates Millie is one of my favorite shows and inspired me when I was a teenager yearning for Broadway. Based on the 1967 movie musical hit, Contra Costa Musical Theatre’s production is toe-tappingly enjoyable. In 1922, Millie Dillmount (spunky Samantha Rose Cardenas) moves to the Big Apple from a small town, ready to take the world by storm. Defining herself as a “modern” woman, Millie has big…

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“Hamlet” Breaks New Ground, Amazingly, at Ubuntu, Oakland

“Hamlet” Breaks New Ground, Amazingly, at Ubuntu, Oakland

Michael Moran Acts, Directs a Rockin’ Shakespeare by Barry David Horwitz It takes a lot of cojones to act, direct, and produce Hamlet in a storefront in downtown Oakland, at The Flight Deck, across from the Paramount Theater. Only the Ubuntu Theater Project, with their diverse, multi-cultural, and rainbow identity would attempt such a rash act. And miracle of miracles, they knock it all the way to the Coliseum and into Infinity! Opening Hamlet in total darkness, just as the…

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