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“Everybody” Speaks Boldly, Beautifully, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

“Everybody” Speaks Boldly, Beautifully, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

Jacobs-Jenkins’ Modern Morality Stirs Our Souls by Barry David Horwitz “Everybody” puts our isolated lives on the griddle. Britney Frasier, a brilliant and baffling God, puts us all in our places. Then she sends Death to find Everybody, who screwed up her/his Life. Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins up-dates the morality play “Everyman,” creating a parable of our privatization of Hope. In a turquoise sweater, Frazier/God authoritatively directs Death (bedeviled Victor Talmadge) to pluck five “Somebodies” from the amphitheater.  Death is hiding out,…

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“Two Minds” Meld, then Clash, Brilliantly, at The Marsh, S.F.

“Two Minds” Meld, then Clash, Brilliantly, at The Marsh, S.F.

Lynne Kaufman Delights with Nobel Geniuses by Barry David Horwitz Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman, real life scientists, worked at an Israeli University—Amos, a mathematician and Daniel, a psychologist.  Each looks deeply into data and our daily choices. Amos is bubbly, mercurial, and unpredictable. Daniel is careful, strict, and organized. Amos is the optimist, Daniel the pessimist. They meet and help each other see into our future. Amos (loveable, irrepressible Brian Herndon) is all over the stage, bouncing around like…

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“Mystery of Love and Sex” Queries Friend-Sex in Gay Comedy, at NCTC, S.F.

“Mystery of Love and Sex” Queries Friend-Sex in Gay Comedy, at NCTC, S.F.

Bathsheba Doran Titillates Jewish-Black Passions by Barry David Horwitz In “The Mystery of Love and Sex,” daddy’s little girl Charlotte (bouncy Linda Maria Girón) and her troubled friend Jonny (thoughtful Kenny Scott) have been dear friends ever since grammar school in their southern town. Now, they co-habit away at college—oh! no sex–not part of the deal. Charlotte would love to get it on with her best bud, but Jonny ain’t goin’ there. We begin to suspect that one or both…

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Sandra Tsing Loh Smashes Sandcastles at Berkeley Rep

Sandra Tsing Loh Smashes Sandcastles at Berkeley Rep

In her show “The Madwoman in the Volvo” at the Berkeley Rep, Sandra Tsing Loh tells a story that needs to be told. Accompanied by only two other cast members—the remarkably fluid Caroline Aaron and quietly discerning Shannon Holt—Tsing Loh dissects and dismantles our most prized stereotypes about middle age, menopause, and motherhood.