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“Red Scare on Sunset” Hilariously Spoofs McCarthyism, at NCTC, S.F.

“Red Scare on Sunset” Hilariously Spoofs McCarthyism, at NCTC, S.F.

Millennial Notes Charles Busch Mixes Glamour with Satire in S.F. Premiere   by Meaghan Gates The delightful “Red Scare on Sunset” by Charles Busch features stylish vintage costumes, strong physical acting, and the notorious Hollywood Blacklist. Busch interprets Cold War anti-communist “Red” paranoia as a study in slapstick, using period insults like “Pinko” and “Commie,” in a side-splitting vaudeville style. Busch modernizes Old Hollywood with Gay and bawdy humor and witty Chekhov and Stanislavski references. A staple of Busch’s work,…

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“Baby Doll” Teases Out Tense Truths, at Shelton Theater, S.F.

“Baby Doll” Teases Out Tense Truths, at Shelton Theater, S.F.

Millennial Notes Tennessee Williams & Will Marchetti Toy with Our Senses   by Tyler Jeffreys Tennessee Williams should be required reading–like Shakespeare. Williams asks primal, fundamental questions about women and men that still confuse us. Director Will Marchetti goes straight for the jugular in his unapologetic version of Williams’ “Baby Doll.” Twenty years old and stuck in an arranged marriage with crude Archie Lee (raw Matt Shelton), Baby Doll (sensual Briana Walsh)  is still holding on to her virginity. Even…

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“A Streetcar Named Desire” Explores Primal Places, at Ubuntu Theater, Oakland

“A Streetcar Named Desire” Explores Primal Places, at Ubuntu Theater, Oakland

Millennial Notes Tennessee Williams Springs to Life with Whelan and Ramirez by Tyler Jeffreys Ubuntu Theater Project’s version of Tennessee Williams’ 1947 classic “A Streetcar Named Desire” brings out the primal, selfish, raw instincts that we are trained to repress. When we first walk into a bare room in the Alice Collective in Oakland, the actors, dressed in black, are warming up. They lie on the floor or hang from the pillars–twisting and stretching. We sit in chairs in a…

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“Alabama Story” Revels in Rabbits & Rage, at City Lights, San Jose

“Alabama Story” Revels in Rabbits & Rage, at City Lights, San Jose

Millennial Notes Kenneth Jones Celebrates the Power of Books by Tyler Jeffreys In Kenneth Jones’ play “Alabama Story,” a true life controversy over a children’s book springs to life, again, at City Lights Theater Company. In his book The Rabbits’ Wedding, Garth Williams tells the story of a black rabbit and a white rabbit who get married, while the forest critters cheer. A true life controversy flared up in 1959, in Montgomery, Alabama, where a brave librarian fights against racist…

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