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“Ripcord”: Hilarious Odd Couple Takes a Leap, at CCCT, El Cerrito

“Ripcord”: Hilarious Odd Couple Takes a Leap, at CCCT, El Cerrito

Lindsay-Abaire Infuses Senior Living with New Life  by Rachel Norby & Barry David Horwitz “Ripcord” by David Lindsay-Abaire tells the story of two women sharing a room in a senior living home, surprising us with humor, enmity, and jokes. Strewn with witty one-liners and wonderfully absurd inventions, “Ripcord” makes every minute fun. The humorless Abby (commanding Laurie Strawn), prim and stern, is infuriated by her new roommate, the eccentric Marilyn (colorful Sandi V. Weldon). Strawn assumes the role of a…

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“A History of World War II”—A Queer Eye on Sharp Nazis, at The Marsh, S.F.

“A History of World War II”—A Queer Eye on Sharp Nazis, at The Marsh, S.F.

John Fisher’s Victorious One-Man Army by Barry David Horwitz John Fisher is obsessed with WWII. When he was a kid in the Marin suburbs, John Fisher found a way to escape his family’s bigoted outlook. He and his older brother studied the battles of WWII, and played them out in excruciating detail in the woods behind their house. John’s “A History of WWII” analyzes and illustrates the battles, with more details than I’ve ever heard before. We are enlightened by…

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“Tartuffe”—Thoroughly Modern Moliere, at CAL, Berkeley

“Tartuffe”—Thoroughly Modern Moliere, at CAL, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Director Dominique Lozano Dazzles with Inventive Staging by Jordan Freed Cal’s production of Moliere’s “Tartuffe” turns out to be glamorous and modern, with amazing sets.  The stage is filled by a backyard pavilion in full L.A. splendor, glowing with excess and luxury. There’s a huge outdoor TV, a fireplace surrounded by cushy lawn chairs, and a juice bar!  To grab the spirit of Dominique Lozano’s “Tartuffe,” imagine an Instagram Influencer or You Tube Star speaking in poetic verse….

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“Twelfth Night”—A Delightful Whirlwind, at Arabian Shakes, S.F.

“Twelfth Night”—A Delightful Whirlwind, at Arabian Shakes, S.F.

Millennial Notes Audrey Rumsby Rejuvenates Shakespeare Comedy  by Rachel Norby “Twelfth Night” has all the convoluted plot lines and fanciful, farcical characters we expect in a Shakespeare comedy.  And yet, Director Audrey Rumsby has managed to pull it off with only six actors at the Arabian Shakespeare Festival.  Each performer impeccably plays two or three roles, with superb results. The pairings of actors to two or more roles is a fascinating showcase of human behavior. The pairings range from absurd…

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