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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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“You Mean to Do Me Harm”—Four Superb Actors Expose Our Obsessions, at S.F. Playhouse

“You Mean to Do Me Harm”—Four Superb Actors Expose Our Obsessions, at S.F. Playhouse

Christopher Chen, Bill English Pit Techies against Redwoods by Barry David Horwitz Ben drops an “innocent” remark at a cocktail party about a camping trip/date in long ago college days, and hints at U.S. “mountain man” tendencies. That’s all it takes to taint the relations between two inter-racial couples, who teeter on the edge of making the China-U.S. political/cultural debate into their own marital disasters. Christopher Chen’s brilliant dialogue between four people over small issues brilliantly turns snobbish banter into…

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“Good. Better. Best. Bested.” Exposes Glitter and Gloom, at Custom Made, S.F.

“Good. Better. Best. Bested.” Exposes Glitter and Gloom, at Custom Made, S.F.

Millennial Notes Jonathan Spector’s Surrealism Sparks Ideas by Tyler Jeffreys Jonathan Spector’s world premiere of “Good. Better. Best. Bested.” boldly illustrates the destructive nature of competition in our Vegas/Wall Street culture. The playwright ridicules our religion of “winning.” His ideas feel fresh and half a step before their time. Using a rom-com style, Spector conjures a mysterious, global catastrophe that injects fear into Las Vegas, an already chaotic city. He assembles outrageous characters who intermingle on the Vegas strip, by…

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“Red Speedo” Exposes Our Competitive Madness, at Center REP, Walnut Creek

“Red Speedo” Exposes Our Competitive Madness, at Center REP, Walnut Creek

Lucas Hnath’s Dramedy Scales Shakespearean Heights by Barry David Horwitz “This is a man …” says the anxious man in suit and tie, pacing poolside, and pointing at a blond, muscled swimmer in a red Speedo, who is hunched over and depressed. We are looking at a vast and shabby indoor pool. The stage features an actual swimming lane of that pool, full of chlorinated water–with red, white, and blue plastic floaters. You can’t ask for a funnier or more…

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