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“A Christmas Carol”: Miraculous & Meaningful, at ACT, S.F.

“A Christmas Carol”: Miraculous & Meaningful, at ACT, S.F.

Millennial Notes Charles Dickens’ Magical World Soars to Spectacular Success by Rachel Norby A Christmas Carol is everyone’s favorite holiday tradition. Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale applies to any time of year. Dickens may have been writing about Victorian England, but his story of poverty and suffering exists outside the Geary Theater, today, too. Brilliantly directed by Dominique Lozano, “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas” achieves new heights of spectacle and meaning in this year’s inspiring ACT reincarnation….

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“Santaland Diaries”: Hilarious Working Elf Reflects, at TheatreWorks, Los Altos

“Santaland Diaries”: Hilarious Working Elf Reflects, at TheatreWorks, Los Altos

Millennial Notes Max Tachis, Jeffrey Lo Delight in Holiday Shenanigans   by Evelyn Arevalo What better way to finish off the year than treating yourself to Joe Mantello’s dramatization of David Sedaris’ famous essay “The Santaland Diaries”? Brought to life by multifaceted star Max Tachis, this one man show pushes the boundaries of interactive and outrageous storytelling. Christmas may never recover. Tachis shepherds us through David Sedaris’ early thirties, playing the starving New York writer. Sedaris is forced to work…

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“Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce” Makes Mincemeat of Christmas, at The Curran, S.F.

“Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce” Makes Mincemeat of Christmas, at The Curran, S.F.

Mac Attack Celebrates Drag & Rebellion by Barry David Horwitz Taylor Mac, MacArthur Genius Award winner, destroyer of Icons, Ironic Drag Queen of Assault on Patriarchy, singer, comic, wit, and Ruler of Outrage has done it again. You cannot contain his attacks on the status quo—because he has earned his mascara from Mother Flawless Sabrina. Mac floats down in a huge black cauldron, in a fabulous rainbow-colored snaky Medusa headdress, wearing a wild ropey gown festooned with ornaments. His glittering…

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“Straight White Men” Speaks to All, at MTC, Mill Valley

“Straight White Men” Speaks to All, at MTC, Mill Valley

Young Jean Lee Offers Empathy to the Privileged by Pamela Feinsilber By now, we expect artistic director Jasson Minadakis’ Marin Theatre Company to bring us interesting new plays by exciting new playwrights. This month, they’ve done that with a flourish, wrapping up the season with a work by Young Jean Lee, “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation,” according to the New York Times. While the title may suggest a polemic or satire, “Straight White Men” is a work…

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