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“Uncle Vanya”—A Vibrant Cage Match of Discontent, at Cutting Ball, S.F.

“Uncle Vanya”—A Vibrant Cage Match of Discontent, at Cutting Ball, S.F.

Millennial Notes Chekhov Pits City Dreamers against Country Workers by Carly Van Liere The set itself a cage, metal bars and shelves lining two parallel sides of the stage, the audience sits, divided into two, facing itself. The characters bounce off the walls and climb the structure, hands stretched wide as they palm and grasp the handle bars, reaching for an idyllic past or perhaps the future. Director Paige Rogers cleverly subtitles her production: “family baggage minus the handles.” The…

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“A Streetcar Named Desire” Thrills, Chills, at Ubuntu Theater, Oakland

“A Streetcar Named Desire” Thrills, Chills, at Ubuntu Theater, Oakland

Lisa Ramirez Dazzles as Star-Crossed Blanche DuBois by Robert M. Gardner Tennessee Williams elicits emotions far beyond the daily lives of his working class characters in the 1940s French Quarter in New Orleans. Under the capable hands of Director Emilie Whelan, Ubuntu Theater Project injects new life into “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1947) and we are the grateful recipients. Stephanie Anne Johnson’s innovative lighting with naked light bulbs adds starkness to the red curtained bare stage. Theater in the round…

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