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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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“Hedda Gabler” Surprises and Charms, at Pear Theatre, Mountain View

“Hedda Gabler” Surprises and Charms, at Pear Theatre, Mountain View

Millennial Notes Ibsen Reveals Dark Side of Marriage by Rachel Norby “Hedda Gabler,” the story of a woman trapped in the strict confines of a patriarchal society, comes to life at the Pear Theatre. Pencil skirts, leggings, and color photographs indicate that the story takes place in the present day, rather than in Henrik Ibsen’s 1891 Norway. Skillfully acted, we feel unsymathetic toward almost every character, making Ibsen’s story of the Colonel’s daughter deeply human and unsettling. From the start,…

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“Women Laughing Alone with Salad” Gets Salty, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“Women Laughing Alone with Salad” Gets Salty, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

In a New York City nightclub, Guy watches sultry Meredith (compelling Regina Morones) gyrate and dance. She’s grinding, showing off her curves in a futile attempt to shed her heteronormative shackles. Wouldn’t it feel good to dance like no one’s watching? And isn’t that what we’re always telling each other?

“Caesar Maximus” Strolls & Struggles in Golden Gate Park, at We Players, S.F.

“Caesar Maximus” Strolls & Struggles in Golden Gate Park, at We Players, S.F.

Millennial Notes Shakespeare, Medina, & Roy Invoke a New Female Caesar by Jordan Freed Among the striking Roman columns of the Music Concourse, Julius Caesar feels right at home. Ornate renaissance fountains adorned with sculptures fit right into the world of Caesar’s Rome. “Caesar Maximus”—adapted for We Players by Nick Medina from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”—feels cinematic, immersed in grand architecture and stirring music. The Soothsayer (Emily Stone) guides us through the world of “Caesar Maximus,” with Libby Oberlin as the…

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