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“Topdog/Underdog”—Taut and Absorbing, at Ubuntu, Berkeley

“Topdog/Underdog”—Taut and Absorbing, at Ubuntu, Berkeley

Suzan-Lori Parks Sings a Layered Tale by Kim Waldron It’s the rhythm, the music in the language, that captures us. A young man piles up milk crates, tops them with flat cardboard, and lays down three slightly bent cards. He picks up one card in one hand and two cards in the other, and throws them down in new positions—all the while chanting.  The rhythmic language of Three Card Monte grabs us: “Watch me close watch me close now: who-see-thuh-red-card-who-see-thuh-red-card?…

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“What the Constitution Means to Me” Updates Us on Our Rights, at Berkeley Rep

“What the Constitution Means to Me” Updates Us on Our Rights, at Berkeley Rep

Heidi Schreck’s Personalized U.S. History Delivers the Goods by Barry David Horwitz Heidi Schreck plays the Constitution like a Stradavarius, deploying Amendments, lyrically, in defense of the rights of women, LGBT, and minorities. Heidi acquired her skills in a series of Constitutional debates for teenagers, organized by the stingy palace guardians at the American Legion. On stage, we are confronted with a typical mid-century, mid-western American Legion war veteran meeting hall. We could be anywhere in Peoria or in Fresno. On…

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