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“Dear Evan Hansen” Challenges Millennial Myths, at The Curran, S.F.

“Dear Evan Hansen” Challenges Millennial Myths, at The Curran, S.F.

Benj Pasek & Justin Paul Make Music for Harsh Times by Rachel Norby and Barry David Horwitz The plot of “Dear Evan Hansen” could be a teenie bopper movie: boy makes up story, the lies spin out of control, he comes clean. But this multiple Tony Award winning musical phenomenon has a Dickensian theme: Poor, invisible Evan ingratiates himself with the wealthy family of a classmate who has committed suicide. With a top-notch cast and a flashing backdrop of floating…

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“Pike Street”—Amazing Array of Lower East Side Lives, at Berkeley Rep

“Pike Street”—Amazing Array of Lower East Side Lives, at Berkeley Rep

Nilaja Sun Embodies Beautiful New York Voices, Powerfully by Barry David Horwitz When Nilaja Sun tells us to take a deep breath at the beginning of the show, we willingly breathe with her. In one sense, “Pike Street” is a show about us. Sun, a consummate solo performer, draws us in and never lets us go. She takes us moment by moment through a hurricane with unforgettable people. Like her character Evelyn, a hardworking mother on the Lower East Side…

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“Scapegoat”—Comic Artist Soars Close to Sun, at Playground Festival, S.F.

“Scapegoat”—Comic Artist Soars Close to Sun, at Playground Festival, S.F.

  Millennial Notes William Bivins Grapples with Graphic U.S. Racism by Michael V. Rodriguez In William Bivins’ play, there’s one thing alt-right and Black Lives Matter protesters can agree on: they both hate “Scapegoat.”  The Black superhero, created by aging graphic novelist Clive Booker, fights racism by absorbing racists’ negative energy. Clive’s curious critique of race relations in his floundering comic art irritates everyone, including himself. In this action-packed drama of creator and created, Bivins sketches the dangers of commenting…

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