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“Hand to God” Grabs Us by the Funny Bone, at Altarena Playhouse, Alameda

“Hand to God” Grabs Us by the Funny Bone, at Altarena Playhouse, Alameda

Millennial Notes Robert Askins’ Obscene Puppet Sabotages the Church by Tyler Jeffreys Altarena Playhouse’s “Hand to God” magnifies the age-old philosophical question: What is right and wrong?  Playwright Robert Askins uses puppets to tell a story of a lustful, sex-crazed church family in a small southern town. The human and puppet characters spring to life in this Bible Belt, bonified sex romp! A Sunday school teacher and recent widow, Margery (alluring, hilarious Melanie DuPuy) is having a tough time running…

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“Arcadia”—A Lively & Witty Mystery, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“Arcadia”—A Lively & Witty Mystery, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

Tom Stoppard Plants Modern Mirror in Romantic Garden by Joanna G. Harris & Barry David Horwitz Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia,” wittily directed by Patrick Dooley, pits history against fantasy, with scenes flashing back and forth between an elegant English country house in 1809 and in 1992. It’s a brilliant movie technique, transferred to the stage at Shotgun Players. In Dooley’s clever staging, people 200 years apart get to mingle and converse across time. We get to go Back to the Future–and…

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“Women Laughing Alone with Salad” Gets Salty, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“Women Laughing Alone with Salad” Gets Salty, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

In a New York City nightclub, Guy watches sultry Meredith (compelling Regina Morones) gyrate and dance. She’s grinding, showing off her curves in a futile attempt to shed her heteronormative shackles. Wouldn’t it feel good to dance like no one’s watching? And isn’t that what we’re always telling each other?

“Oedipus at Palm Springs” Seduces & Shocks, at Theatre Rhinoceros, S.F.

“Oedipus at Palm Springs” Seduces & Shocks, at Theatre Rhinoceros, S.F.

Millennial Notes Five Lesbian Brothers Bring Love, Laughter, Surprise by Kelsey Severson “Oedipus at Palm Springs” offers a comedic take on love, sex, and navigating everything in between. The myth of Oedipus lurks behind a modern day lovers’ getaway. In 90 minutes The Five Lesbian Brothers deliver a provocative punch—making us laugh, cry, cringe, and shriek. Four dynamic women play two lesbian couples who make us think: Does great sex make for a happy relationship? Why is it so hard…

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