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“Skin of Our Teeth” Taunts US, Terrifically, at Actors Ensemble, Berkeley

“Skin of Our Teeth” Taunts US, Terrifically, at Actors Ensemble, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Thornton Wilder Imagines Hilarious Apocalypse by Tyler Jeffreys If the audience is laughing…they’re listening.     –V. Cate (playwright) You’ve heard that laughter is the best teacher.  So, “The Skin of our Teeth” at Live Oak Park uses hearty laughs to reminds us about human oneness and empathy. The Actors Ensemble of Berkeley takes us a topsy-turvy journey through human history. And it’s hilarious. The glacier is coming, and it’s happening in Berkeley! “The Skin of Our Teeth” is a…

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“The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?”—Best of Breed! at Custom Made, S.F.

“The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?”—Best of Breed! at Custom Made, S.F.

Edward Albee’s Thriller Breaks All Rules by Barry David Horwitz Some productions just go beyond our fondest expectations. That magical moment happens when superb, thoughtful acting, skilled direction, and a masterful script combine to produce 90 minutes of pure provocation and delight. At Custom Made Theatre, Director Paul Stout, and four comic/tragic actors at the top of their game have grabbed the Gold Ring. In “The Goat, or Who Is Silvia?” the cast and crew have struck gold with Edward…

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“Dȇmos Krátos Theátro” Inspires Laughs & Voting, at PianoFight, S.F.

“Dȇmos Krátos Theátro” Inspires Laughs & Voting, at PianoFight, S.F.

Maryssa Wanlass Activates Citizen Engagement by Jennifer Ann Charron Utopia Theatre Project kicks off their second season with “Dȇmos Krátos Theátro: Plays by and for the People” rich with in-your-face satire and poignant musical comedy. Three incisive short plays by local writers condemn voter apathy, gin up voters, and parade the terrors of non-voting. Artistic Director Maryssa Wanlass transforms modern vaudeville into a spectacle promoting fresh political engagement. Like a late night TV host, Wanlass comes and goes. She interjects…

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“Caesar Maximus” Strolls & Struggles in Golden Gate Park, at We Players, S.F.

“Caesar Maximus” Strolls & Struggles in Golden Gate Park, at We Players, S.F.

Millennial Notes Shakespeare, Medina, & Roy Invoke a New Female Caesar by Jordan Freed Among the striking Roman columns of the Music Concourse, Julius Caesar feels right at home. Ornate renaissance fountains adorned with sculptures fit right into the world of Caesar’s Rome. “Caesar Maximus”—adapted for We Players by Nick Medina from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”—feels cinematic, immersed in grand architecture and stirring music. The Soothsayer (Emily Stone) guides us through the world of “Caesar Maximus,” with Libby Oberlin as the…

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