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“Avenue Q” Spices Up the Holidays, at NCTC, S.F

“Avenue Q” Spices Up the Holidays, at NCTC, S.F

Lopez & Marx’s Adult Sesame Street Meets Queer Musical by Kim Waldron “I love the lively ones,” said my friend, after seeing “Avenue Q.”  She’s right. Spirited and profane, with smart lyrics, this musical pleases everyone—except The Grinch and Ted Cruz. For some an adult parody of “Sesame Street” seems an odd staple for the holidays. Yet opening night was sold out for this, the sixth consecutive December of “Avenue Q” at New Conservatory Theatre Center, a true San Francisco…

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“You Mean to Do Me Harm”—Four Superb Actors Expose Our Obsessions, at S.F. Playhouse

“You Mean to Do Me Harm”—Four Superb Actors Expose Our Obsessions, at S.F. Playhouse

Christopher Chen, Bill English Pit Techies against Redwoods by Barry David Horwitz Ben drops an “innocent” remark at a cocktail party about a camping trip/date in long ago college days, and hints at U.S. “mountain man” tendencies. That’s all it takes to taint the relations between two inter-racial couples, who teeter on the edge of making the China-U.S. political/cultural debate into their own marital disasters. Christopher Chen’s brilliant dialogue between four people over small issues brilliantly turns snobbish banter into…

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“Pool of Unknown Wonders” Glows & Beckons, at Ubuntu, Berkeley

“Pool of Unknown Wonders” Glows & Beckons, at Ubuntu, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Philip Kan Gotanda Generates a Modern Myth  by Tyler Jeffreys In “Pool of Unknown Wonders: Undertow of the Soul,” Philip Kan Gotanda takes us on a surreal, sci-fi adventure, prompting questions about time and society. Gotanda is asking:  How can we reach “The Pool?”  Gotanda and Ubuntu Theater Project take us on a space voyage that creates a new myth, ready to be explored by other artists. In “Pool of Unknown Wonders,” six passengers take a spaceship to…

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“Shifting Spaces” Explores the True Self, at Those Women, Berkeley

“Shifting Spaces” Explores the True Self, at Those Women, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Barrie, Mwaluko, & Yaged Claim Identity against All Odds by Owen Brunelle “Shifting Spaces” by Those Women Productions takes us on a journey through three worlds: the tortures of Nazi Germany, a charming graveyard, and the raw streets of an American city. The three plays of “Shifting Spaces” showcase strong women–asserting the truest versions of themselves. Each faces real-life obstacles. In Kim Yaged’s “Vessels,” we see Nazi Germany from one German lesbian’s point of view, in 1945. Three…

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