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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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“War of the Roses” Makes History LIVE, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

“War of the Roses” Makes History LIVE, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

Shakespeare & Ting Thrust into Present, Spectacularly by Barry David Horwitz Cal Shakes Artistic Director Eric Ting and Dramaturge Philippa Kelly have condensed four Shakespeare plays into one beautiful modern work that leaps off the stage, mingling with the news. Two power-hungry families compete for the English throne. Holy King Henry seems Obama-like—and egomaniac Richard suggests his successor. In Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” and “Richard III” plays, we find murders of brothers and nephews, harassing of wives and sisters, and clashes…

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“Das Rheingold” Gleams at San Francisco Opera

“Das Rheingold” Gleams at San Francisco Opera

Wagner’s Epic Ring Cycle Gets a Glorious Start by Pamela Feinsilber If you were near San Francisco City Hall after dark on June 12, you saw the facade and dome illuminated in vibrant red and gold. That’s because it was opening night across the street at the opera house, where—as the fire-evoking posters proclaim—San Francisco Opera is presenting the four linked operas of Richard Wagner’s masterwork, The Ring of the Nibelung, starting with “Das Rheingold.” Each opera can be enjoyed…

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“Scapegoat”—Comic Artist Soars Close to Sun, at Playground Festival, S.F.

“Scapegoat”—Comic Artist Soars Close to Sun, at Playground Festival, S.F.

  Millennial Notes William Bivins Grapples with Graphic U.S. Racism by Michael V. Rodriguez In William Bivins’ play, there’s one thing alt-right and Black Lives Matter protesters can agree on: they both hate “Scapegoat.”  The Black superhero, created by aging graphic novelist Clive Booker, fights racism by absorbing racists’ negative energy. Clive’s curious critique of race relations in his floundering comic art irritates everyone, including himself. In this action-packed drama of creator and created, Bivins sketches the dangers of commenting…

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