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“Refugee Voices & Trojan Women” Awakens Our Empathy, at Multi Ethnic Theater, S.F.

“Refugee Voices & Trojan Women” Awakens Our Empathy, at Multi Ethnic Theater, S.F.

Millennial Notes Lewis Campbell  Resurrects Bronze Age Conflict   by Evelyn Arevalo Director Lewis Campbell packs two spectacular tales of terror and pain into a brief 70 minute extravaganza. By the end, we are left speechless and angry. Campbell embraces big drama. He shows an adulterous Helen of Troy (sultry Joanna Mahaffy) emerging from her self-imprisonment in a tower, wearing a beautiful, ivory-toned satin dress, dripping with jewels. As Helen pleads her case, she seduces us with her bewitching looks…

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“Kiss” Challenges Illusions & Delusions, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“Kiss” Challenges Illusions & Delusions, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Guillermo Calderón Expands Our Hearts and Minds by Kelsey Severson Guillermo Calderon’s “Kiss” speaks powerfully on our western ignorance about the Middle Eastern wars. Although ‘Kiss” begins with comic, melodramatic acting and a messy love triangle, Calderón is tackling our willful blindness about the lives of other people. “Kiss” breaks down barriers between the stage and daily life. We laugh out loud, sitting on the edge of our seats. The over-the-top emotions of purposely self-conscious actors push us…

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“Vietgone”: Tantalizing Trip across Alien(ated) America, at ACT, S.F.

“Vietgone”: Tantalizing Trip across Alien(ated) America, at ACT, S.F.

Qui Nguyen Turns the War Topsy-Turvy by Drew Lehman “Vietgone” turns America’s conventional view of the Vietnam War on its head. Playwright Qui Nguyen follows Vietnamese refugees who lost everything: family, friends, and country. The refugees find themselves marooned in the white, unwelcoming American heartland.  Imagine their shock when they arrive in the country that sacrificed 53,000 soldiers to defend South Vietnam, only to learn that Americans detest them. Nguyen’s raw and bawdy production abandons polite U.S. points of view…

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