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“People’s History of Next”—Young Eyes, Epic Vision, at TheatreFIRST, Berkeley

“People’s History of Next”—Young Eyes, Epic Vision, at TheatreFIRST, Berkeley

Jon Tracy Premieres Prophetic Youth Project by Maya Rath and Barry David Horwitz When we walk into Live Oak Theatre, it looks like a construction site. We see walls lined with giant plastic tarps hanging from ceiling to floor. Two giant metal scaffolding towers stand at either side of the plastic-draped stage. Multimedia projections, sound effects, and lighting add a sci-fi aura to the show. Three teen performers appear: Leela Kiyawat, Unity Tambellini Smith, and Justin Howard. They play Dee,…

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“Santaland Diaries”: Hilarious Working Elf Reflects, at TheatreWorks, Los Altos

“Santaland Diaries”: Hilarious Working Elf Reflects, at TheatreWorks, Los Altos

Millennial Notes Max Tachis, Jeffrey Lo Delight in Holiday Shenanigans   by Evelyn Arevalo What better way to finish off the year than treating yourself to Joe Mantello’s dramatization of David Sedaris’ famous essay “The Santaland Diaries”? Brought to life by multifaceted star Max Tachis, this one man show pushes the boundaries of interactive and outrageous storytelling. Christmas may never recover. Tachis shepherds us through David Sedaris’ early thirties, playing the starving New York writer. Sedaris is forced to work…

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“Beautiful Oops!” A Planned Accident for Kids at BACT, Berkeley

“Beautiful Oops!” A Planned Accident for Kids at BACT, Berkeley

Austin Zumbro, Andrew Mondello Rock the Show by Nicholas Leither If art is a stuffy, elitist activity that costs a lot of money and produces a lot of sneers, you wouldn’t know it watching Bay Area Children’s Theater’s new musical “Beautiful Oops!” based on the popular children’s book by Barney Saltzberg.  In “Oops!” art becomes the product of accidents—a torn page, spilled paint, a disastrous attempt at sculpture, and even the theatrical production, itself. While the book pages you through…

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