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“Conference of the Birds”: A Flutter of Wisdom & Fun, at Ubuntu, Oakland

“Conference of the Birds”: A Flutter of Wisdom & Fun, at Ubuntu, Oakland

Millennial Notes Sholeh Wolpé Transforms Church into Spiritual Nest by Carly Van Liere After filing up the long narrow staircase into the second floor aerie of the semi-abandoned Oakland church, we settle, quietly cooing as puffy jackets flutter to rest. Ubuntu Theater Project’s high, domed octagonal room emanates a special aura. The floor is covered in Persian rugs and incense may be wafting through the air. We wait like birds on a wire. I really love a bird theme. Bird…

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“Tartuffe”—Thoroughly Modern Moliere, at CAL, Berkeley

“Tartuffe”—Thoroughly Modern Moliere, at CAL, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Director Dominique Lozano Dazzles with Inventive Staging by Jordan Freed Cal’s production of Moliere’s “Tartuffe” turns out to be glamorous and modern, with amazing sets.  The stage is filled by a backyard pavilion in full L.A. splendor, glowing with excess and luxury. There’s a huge outdoor TV, a fireplace surrounded by cushy lawn chairs, and a juice bar!  To grab the spirit of Dominique Lozano’s “Tartuffe,” imagine an Instagram Influencer or You Tube Star speaking in poetic verse….

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“Acid Test” Delivers Insight from Other Dimensions, at The Marsh, S.F.

“Acid Test” Delivers Insight from Other Dimensions, at The Marsh, S.F.

Millennial Notes Lynne Kaufman Takes a Trip with Ram Dass by Carly Van Liere In “Acid Test, the Many Incarnations of Ram Dass,” playwright Lynne Kaufman opens a window into the wild world of Richard Alpert, the Harvard professor and pioneer of the 60s LSD scene. As Alpert, solo actor Warren David Keith floats from his comfy living room chair to sitting cross-legged on the floor. Keith relives key moments in Alpert’s psychedelic journey, as we lean forward, hypnotized by…

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“Church” Blows the Roof Off Religion, at Crowded Fire, S.F.

“Church” Blows the Roof Off Religion, at Crowded Fire, S.F.

Young Jean Lee Reincarnates Faith in Song and Dance by Barry David Horwitz Crowded Fire’s intimate stage is now the pulpit of a church, with soaring ceilings and high church windows. It’s all bathed in a bright, spiritual glow like sunshine indoors, and we are the faithful, summoned to witness the four pastors’ religious testimonies. On the steep pews facing them, we are plunged into complete darkness—while a resonant voice out of the dark intones everyone’s basic fears, doubts, and…

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