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“dirty butterfly” Destroys and Rebuilds, at Anton’s Well, Berkeley

“dirty butterfly” Destroys and Rebuilds, at Anton’s Well, Berkeley

Millennial Notes debbie tucker green Tears Down Our Walls  by Beau McGlasson Debbie tucker green has a trans-formative vision of London. She sees the tenements of London as flat and exposed, offering no privacy or quiet for their residents. In “dirty butterfly,” green discards the pretense of physical walls and focuses on unseen forces that contain her characters tighter than walls ever could. Green drops us into a cramped London apartment building where a woman named Jo (Kim Donovan) is…

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“Heisenberg”— Intriguing Tango for Two, at ACT, S.F.

“Heisenberg”— Intriguing Tango for Two, at ACT, S.F.

Simon Stephens’ Science of the Human Heart by Kim Waldron Riding on the London subway, a young woman impulsively kisses a much older man on the neck. Can he trust her? Can we trust them? Simon Stephen’s “Heisenberg” has just two characters, Alex and Georgie, opposites in every way. They embark on an affair, a romance, but maybe one is a con artist—or maybe all of that. And more. At 75, patient Alex (James Carpenter) works as a butcher, an Irish…

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“The Hard Problem” Bangs Heads at A.C.T. in S.F.

“The Hard Problem” Bangs Heads at A.C.T. in S.F.

Millennial Notes Tom Stoppard’s Battle Royale: Faith vs. Science by Benjamin K. Sloan Many millennials have a tendency to  assert  their “truth,” impatiently, like angsty preachers who get silenced by other soapbox orators. Tom Stoppard’s “The Hard Problem,” in its West Coast Premiere at the American Conservatory Theater, proves to be a delight for youthful questioning minds. The playwright forces us to analyze both sides of the conflict between religion and science. Director Carey Perloff offers us Stoppard’s educated alternative…

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