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“The North Pool” Pulls Us In, at Bread & Butter, S.F.

“The North Pool” Pulls Us In, at Bread & Butter, S.F.

Millennial Notes Rajiv Joseph Reveals Secrets in Student-Teacher Struggle by Nico Storrow Bread & Butter Theatre’s “The North Pool” combines great acting with power dynamics, race, and suicide. Rajiv Joseph’s gem of a ‘two-hander’ pits an Arab-American high school student against a shifty, overbearing white Vice-Principal. Dr. Danielson (electric Bruce Avery) invites bewildered student Khadim (versatile Zaya Kolia) into his bare-bones office for a “chat.” Along with Khadim, we struggle to understand why he has been summoned at 4:00 p.m.,…

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“Great Expectations”: Frenetic Dickensian Coming of Age, at Town Hall, Lafayette

“Great Expectations”: Frenetic Dickensian Coming of Age, at Town Hall, Lafayette

Gale Childs Daly Delivers Hope of Resurrection from Chaos by Jennifer Ann Charron Most of us are familiar with Great Expectations─Charles Dickens’ Victorian novel about a boy who sells his soul to move up the social ladder. Gale Child Daly’s adaptation suffers, like Pip, the hero, from an off-kilter GPS and chaotic staging. Great Expectations (1861-62) was released in weekly serial segments, so it’s tricky to fit all that Dickensian satire onstage. But it’s clear that the source of British…

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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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“Sweat”—A Passionate Portrait of U.S. Workers, at ACT, S.F.

“Sweat”—A Passionate Portrait of U.S. Workers, at ACT, S.F.

Millennial Notes Lynn Nottage’s Masterpiece Shines Bright Light on Rust Belt by Beau McGlasson Battered billboards loom over a local watering hole, a caustic picture of America’s Rust Belt. Lynn Nottage’s “Sweat,” winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, brilliantly paints a stark contrast between the warm wood-paneled local bar and the harsh, worn-out billboards hovering overhead. It’s spring of 2000, and her Reading, Pennsylvania steel workers cling to hard, dangerous jobs and dwindling pay—tinder waiting for a spark. Steel-workers celebrate…

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