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“Dreamgirls” Hits the High Notes, at Berkeley Playhouse

“Dreamgirls” Hits the High Notes, at Berkeley Playhouse

Millennial Notes Brendan Simon Captures Motown, R&B Glory Days by Justin Lopez In a large dressing room decked in 60s decor, former R&B band lead singer Effie White (fearless Tanika Baptiste) passionately begs her partner and band manager not to leave her. First, she is totally desperate, but her pleas become demands to remain with the band. She defiantly sings out: “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” “Dreamgirls” depicts the rise of a fictional Motown, R&B band, The…

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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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“White” Blends Pigments Artfully, at Shotgun, Berkeley

“White” Blends Pigments Artfully, at Shotgun, Berkeley

Millennial Notes James Ijames Casts Black Magic by Tyler Jeffreys In James Ijames “White,” Black girl magic steals the show. Diana Ross. Gay White Man Gus’s imaginary friend Diana Ross tells him that his art needs to come from inside. Standing behind her microphone and swaying her hips, Diana advises Gus to let out his inner Black Girl! Diana Ross (sparkling Santoya Fields) magically appears from a hidden fog machine and multicolored lights. She dazzles in a shiny silvery, tight-fitting…

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