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“Come from Away”—Finds New Land in Our Hearts, at SHN, S.F

“Come from Away”—Finds New Land in Our Hearts, at SHN, S.F

Sankoff & Hein Offer Hope & Hospitality for ALL by Rachel Norby & Barry David Horwitz With Celtic overtones and intriguingly accented songs, the driving beat of “Welcome to the Rock” lands us on the island of Newfoundland, in remote Canadian waters. By the end of the musical, we realize that we, too, would like to be Newfoundlanders, because “the island makes the man.” SHN’s Touring Company of “Come from Away” shows what happened to passengers in the air after…

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“Ripcord”: Hilarious Odd Couple Takes a Leap, at CCCT, El Cerrito

“Ripcord”: Hilarious Odd Couple Takes a Leap, at CCCT, El Cerrito

Lindsay-Abaire Infuses Senior Living with New Life  by Rachel Norby & Barry David Horwitz “Ripcord” by David Lindsay-Abaire tells the story of two women sharing a room in a senior living home, surprising us with humor, enmity, and jokes. Strewn with witty one-liners and wonderfully absurd inventions, “Ripcord” makes every minute fun. The humorless Abby (commanding Laurie Strawn), prim and stern, is infuriated by her new roommate, the eccentric Marilyn (colorful Sandi V. Weldon). Strawn assumes the role of a…

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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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