Browsed by
Tag: racism

“Clybourne Park”—Captivating Comedy of Class & Race, at Altarena, Alameda

“Clybourne Park”—Captivating Comedy of Class & Race, at Altarena, Alameda

Millennial Notes Bruce Norris Crafts Masterpiece on Houses & Hypocrisy    by Rachel Norby Bruce Norris’s comedy on race and rejection rises to delight and perfection in the hands of Altarena’s superb actors and crystalline directing by Daren A.C. Carrolo. “Clybourne Park” makes us laugh and makes us cry because he deals with “Otherness” in ways we can recognize. Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” (1959), Bruce Norris’s 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning play continues Hansberry’s story in this…

Read More Read More

“Two Mile Hollow” Ridicules Ruling Class, at Ferocious Lotus, S.F.

“Two Mile Hollow” Ridicules Ruling Class, at Ferocious Lotus, S.F.

Winkler Throws Privileged Whites to the Birds by Susan Dunn Leah Nanako Winkler is on a mission.  She’s tired of the old theater formulas:  white folks sitting around the dinner table airing their angst, exploding their family myths, and then closing ranks against any outsiders. In “Two Mile Hollow,” affluent whites are targets of satire with a double twist: Asian actors play exaggerated versions of all the white folks. Winkler pursues the privileged Upper Crust portrayed in “white people by…

Read More Read More

“In Braunau” Thrills with Dark Past, at S.F. Playhouse

“In Braunau” Thrills with Dark Past, at S.F. Playhouse

Millennial Notes Dipika Guha Delves into White Nationalism by Evelyn Arevalo Dipika Guha’s world premiere of “In Braunau” by S.F. Playhouse unravels a tale of good intentions turned sinister. She gives us a modern day horror story about two idealistic 20-something Americans who move to Austria. And they decide to remodel Adolf Hitler’s birth house into a Bed & Dinner hostel. With only a dilapidated, yellow house, a hanging light, and burnt paper littering the floor, we feel the force…

Read More Read More

“A Lesson From Aloes” Explodes a Thorny Past , at Z Below, S.F.

“A Lesson From Aloes” Explodes a Thorny Past , at Z Below, S.F.

Millennial Notes Athol Fugard Stuns with Painful Memories   by Evelyn Arevalo South African playwright Athol Fugard pieces together a compelling story that examines racism, friendship, and fear at its very core. “Lesson from Aloes,” set in 1963, in apartheid South Africa masterfully explores the realities of the country’s enforced racial separation, using sizzling symbolism. Resourceful Piet (dynamic Victor Talmadge) and distressed Gladys (enchanting Wendy vanden Heuvel) are waiting for the arrival of their longtime family friend Steve (captivating Adrian…

Read More Read More