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“Red Scare on Sunset” Hilariously Spoofs McCarthyism, at NCTC, S.F.

“Red Scare on Sunset” Hilariously Spoofs McCarthyism, at NCTC, S.F.

Millennial Notes Charles Busch Mixes Glamour with Satire in S.F. Premiere   by Meaghan Gates The delightful “Red Scare on Sunset” by Charles Busch features stylish vintage costumes, strong physical acting, and the notorious Hollywood Blacklist. Busch interprets Cold War anti-communist “Red” paranoia as a study in slapstick, using period insults like “Pinko” and “Commie,” in a side-splitting vaudeville style. Busch modernizes Old Hollywood with Gay and bawdy humor and witty Chekhov and Stanislavski references. A staple of Busch’s work,…

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“Straight White Men” Captivates Curious Minorities, at MTC, Mill Valley

“Straight White Men” Captivates Curious Minorities, at MTC, Mill Valley

Millennial Notes Young Jean Lee Reveals Anglo Anxieties by Tyler Jeffreys Young Jean Lee’s “Straight White Men” reminds us that we are more alike than we are different, even those of us who put on a front. I cannot imagine living under the pressure these guys endure. Afterwards, I thought: I should invite them to hang out with politically oppressed folks.   For pre-show music, director Morgan Gould bangs out an epic woman-power playlist. I feel welcome as I dance…

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“Good. Better. Best. Bested.” Exposes Glitter and Gloom, at Custom Made, S.F.

“Good. Better. Best. Bested.” Exposes Glitter and Gloom, at Custom Made, S.F.

Millennial Notes Jonathan Spector’s Surrealism Sparks Ideas by Tyler Jeffreys Jonathan Spector’s world premiere of “Good. Better. Best. Bested.” boldly illustrates the destructive nature of competition in our Vegas/Wall Street culture. The playwright ridicules our religion of “winning.” His ideas feel fresh and half a step before their time. Using a rom-com style, Spector conjures a mysterious, global catastrophe that injects fear into Las Vegas, an already chaotic city. He assembles outrageous characters who intermingle on the Vegas strip, by…

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“Sense and Sensibility” Slides into Town Hall, Lafayette

“Sense and Sensibility” Slides into Town Hall, Lafayette

Kate Hamill Reimagines Jane Austen by Robert M. Gardner Jane Austen’s charming Dashwood sisters thrive in Town Hall’s  latest production,  “Sense and Sensibility.” Hilarity abounds in Kate Hamill’s award winning 2014 comedy, which Huff Post calls:  “The greatest stage adaptation of this novel in history.” We find ourselves rooting for the Dashwood sisters as they search for love and security in an English romance. Hamill whisks us into the antics and hearts of Elinor Dashwood (strong, controlled Heather Buck) and…

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