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“Dead and Breathing” Turns Toward Life, at Rhino, S.F.

“Dead and Breathing” Turns Toward Life, at Rhino, S.F.

Chisa Hutchinson Celebrates Two Black Women in Crisis by Barry David Horwitz Two black women are struggling over life and death. One is a wealthy woman in hospice care who is dying of cancer. She can’t die fast enough for to suit herself, so she tries to get help from her nurse. Her nurse, Veronika Fern, is a god-fearing Christian young woman, who works hard and has no time for a self-indulgent slouch like Carolyn. They form an ill-matched pair—but…

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“for colored girls” Unifies & Sanctifies, at African American Shakes, S.F.

“for colored girls” Unifies & Sanctifies, at African American Shakes, S.F.

Millennial Notes Ntozake Shange Brightens Colorful American Souls by Tyler Jeffreys “for colored girls” feels like a healing session for the oppressed woman–not a show. Even the White women in the audience snap their fingers, relating to their darker sisters. “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf,” like the “Vagina Monologues,” is a series of  soliloquies pieced together. Each woman tells her story while the rest of the ensemble nods and “mmhmms” in agreement….

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“White” Unleashes Hidden Voices, at Shotgun, Berkeley

“White” Unleashes Hidden Voices, at Shotgun, Berkeley

Millennial Notes James Ijames  Leaves Us Hungry for Color by Evelyn Arevalo “White” explores how white men–including gay white men–have consistently engaged in stereotyping Black women. Case in point: Imitators regularly profit by stealing the mannerisms of Black women by “acting Black.” It’s so typical that we even have a name for it: Culture Vultures. Our lead character Gus (believable Adam Donovan), an aspiring painter,  is magically visited by a silvery, sequined Diana Ross. His Divine Diana (dynamic Santoya Fields)…

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