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“Tenderloin Tour” Ferries Us to Gritty Truths, at Cutting Ball, S.F.

“Tenderloin Tour” Ferries Us to Gritty Truths, at Cutting Ball, S.F.

Millennial Notes Annie Elias Unleashes Tenderloin Force by Evelyn Arevalo & Carly Van Liere Cutting Ball Theatre starts their new season with a blast with “Prime Cuts” from their hit 2012 docu-drama “The Tenderloin Tour.” Their Taylor Street theater, in the heart of the S.F. Tenderloin, tells us poignant, visceral tales about real, local folks. “The Tenderloin Tour” delves below the superficial grimness of the Tenderloin, and reveals a neighborhood of passionate, lively, and intelligent citizens. Writer and director Annie…

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“A Christmas Carol”: Miraculous & Meaningful, at ACT, S.F.

“A Christmas Carol”: Miraculous & Meaningful, at ACT, S.F.

Millennial Notes Charles Dickens’ Magical World Soars to Spectacular Success by Rachel Norby A Christmas Carol is everyone’s favorite holiday tradition. Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale applies to any time of year. Dickens may have been writing about Victorian England, but his story of poverty and suffering exists outside the Geary Theater, today, too. Brilliantly directed by Dominique Lozano, “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas” achieves new heights of spectacle and meaning in this year’s inspiring ACT reincarnation….

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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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“Pike Street”—Amazing Array of Lower East Side Lives, at Berkeley Rep

“Pike Street”—Amazing Array of Lower East Side Lives, at Berkeley Rep

Nilaja Sun Embodies Beautiful New York Voices, Powerfully by Barry David Horwitz When Nilaja Sun tells us to take a deep breath at the beginning of the show, we willingly breathe with her. In one sense, “Pike Street” is a show about us. Sun, a consummate solo performer, draws us in and never lets us go. She takes us moment by moment through a hurricane with unforgettable people. Like her character Evelyn, a hardworking mother on the Lower East Side…

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