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“Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?” Rules! at The Marsh, S.F.

“Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?” Rules! at The Marsh, S.F.

Irma Herrera’s Success Celebrates Names & Identities by Cynthia K. Lopez In the U.S., why do we think it’s okay to mangle a person’s name or assign them an entirely new one, if the original is hard to pronounce? Civil rights attorney, social justice advocate, journalist, and playwright, Irma Herrera, asks, “Why would I mispronounce my own name?” starting with her own, in her engaging solo show. Irma coaches us on her name: “Smile first,” she coaxes. Phonetically, it’s EAR-ma,…

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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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♦ “Angels in America”: A Legendary Roy Cohn, at Berkeley Rep

♦ “Angels in America”: A Legendary Roy Cohn, at Berkeley Rep

Millennial Notes Stephen Spinella Slays Us as Prince of Darkness     by Tyler Jeffreys Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes Part 1: “Millennium Approaches” At the Berkeley Rep production of Angels in America, Stephen Spinella dominates the stage as Roy M. Cohn, the real-life 50s to 80s, connected, sleazy, closeted gay lawyer. In Tony Kushner’s epic drama, Cohn reveals himself as a soldier in the conquering forces of the conservative Reagan revolution of the 80s. Spinella reaches…

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