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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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“Mary Poppins” Inspires Rich & Poor, at S.F. Playhouse

“Mary Poppins” Inspires Rich & Poor, at S.F. Playhouse

Millennial Notes Susi Damilano Delivers a Poppin’ Nanny for the Ages by Rachel Norby and Tyler Jeffreys P.L. Travers’ quirky, beloved English governess, Mary Poppins (commanding El Beh) takes a sharp, new turn in director Susi Damilano’s staging. When Mary sings “The whole bloomin’ Empire,” she reminds us that the British Empire was ruling the world in 1900. Mary’s natural alliance with Bert the Chimney Sweeper (swaggy Wiley Naman Strasser) defines a new “Poppins.” Unlike the Disney movie, this “Mary…

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“Kiss” Challenges Illusions & Delusions, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“Kiss” Challenges Illusions & Delusions, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Guillermo Calderón Expands Our Hearts and Minds by Kelsey Severson Guillermo Calderon’s “Kiss” speaks powerfully on our western ignorance about the Middle Eastern wars. Although ‘Kiss” begins with comic, melodramatic acting and a messy love triangle, Calderón is tackling our willful blindness about the lives of other people. “Kiss” breaks down barriers between the stage and daily life. We laugh out loud, sitting on the edge of our seats. The over-the-top emotions of purposely self-conscious actors push us…

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