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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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“Anniversary!”—A “Deep Kiss” & A “Victory Lap,” at Word for Word, S.F.

“Anniversary!”—A “Deep Kiss” & A “Victory Lap,” at Word for Word, S.F.

Tobias Wolff & George Saunders Are Even Better Together by Pamela Feinsilber For 25 years, Word for Word, the inimitable San Francisco theater company that announces its approach to drama in its name, has been presenting marvelously entertaining productions. Here, the work begins not with a playwright’s script but with a stellar short story—conveyed, yes, word for word, through fine acting and innovative dramatization. Normally, we’ll see the work of one author, such as two stories from Olive Kittredge by…

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