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“Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?” Rules! at The Marsh, S.F.

“Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?” Rules! at The Marsh, S.F.

Irma Herrera’s Success Celebrates Names & Identities by Cynthia K. Lopez In the U.S., why do we think it’s okay to mangle a person’s name or assign them an entirely new one, if the original is hard to pronounce? Civil rights attorney, social justice advocate, journalist, and playwright, Irma Herrera, asks, “Why would I mispronounce my own name?” starting with her own, in her engaging solo show. Irma coaches us on her name: “Smile first,” she coaxes. Phonetically, it’s EAR-ma,…

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“The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley” Lights Up a Revolution, at MTC, Mill Valley

“The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley” Lights Up a Revolution, at MTC, Mill Valley

Gunderson & Melcon’s Comedy Transfigures Pride & Prejudice   by Barry David Horwitz In this sequel to Pride and Prejudice, the clever playwrights take us downstairs into the vast basement kitchen underneath a great English manor. The rich people upstairs keep sneaking down the heavy duty wooden staircase to get some of the housekeeper’s Christmas cookies. But wicked, witty George Wickham (delightful Kenny Toll) bursts into the kitchen and the whole household goes into an uproar. George argues eloquently for…

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“Born Yesterday” Arouses Laughter, Reflection, at S.F. Playhouse

“Born Yesterday” Arouses Laughter, Reflection, at S.F. Playhouse

Garson Kanin Predicts Trumpian Times by Robert M. Gardner Set Designer Jacqueline Scott has fashioned a spectacular, opulent, hotel suite with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the U.S. Capitol. The stunning set features two story high pillars, a curving staircase, and elegant, crystal bedecked wall sconces. These lavish surroundings mask the corruption of Garson Kanin’s play, “Born Yesterday” (1946). In 1950, “Born Yesterday” tickled movie audiences, too, during the McCarthy Red Scare. Kanin’s play features a blustering, self-made billionaire, err…millionaire,…

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