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“Great Expectations”: Frenetic Dickensian Coming of Age, at Town Hall, Lafayette

“Great Expectations”: Frenetic Dickensian Coming of Age, at Town Hall, Lafayette

Gale Childs Daly Delivers Hope of Resurrection from Chaos by Jennifer Ann Charron Most of us are familiar with Great Expectations─Charles Dickens’ Victorian novel about a boy who sells his soul to move up the social ladder. Gale Child Daly’s adaptation suffers, like Pip, the hero, from an off-kilter GPS and chaotic staging. Great Expectations (1861-62) was released in weekly serial segments, so it’s tricky to fit all that Dickensian satire onstage. But it’s clear that the source of British…

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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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