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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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“The Resting Place” Exposes Horrifying Family Secrets, at Magic Theatre, S.F.

“The Resting Place” Exposes Horrifying Family Secrets, at Magic Theatre, S.F.

Millennial Notes Ashlin Halfnight Questions Unconditional Love by Evelyn Arevalo “Even though I’m no more than a monster–don’t I, too, have the right to live?”   –Oldboy “The  Resting Place” hit me in my gut. A family is brought together by tragedy, in the aftermath of a sudden suicide. We are thrust into the lives of two very headstrong sisters, take-no-prisoners Macy (stern Emily Radosevich) and self-righteous Annie (skillful Martha Brigham). They are forced to pick up the pieces after they…

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“Fun Home”—Heartfelt Sexual Coming Of Age, at TheatreWorks, Mountain View

“Fun Home”—Heartfelt Sexual Coming Of Age, at TheatreWorks, Mountain View

Millennial Notes Alison Bechdel Hits Home in Revolutionary Musical by Evelyn Arevalo “Fun Home” opens on a solitary artist’s drawing board in a vast, dark space.  Graphic novelist Alison Bechdel casually strolls in and begins to reminisce about her troubled childhood in a funeral home. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Fun Home” brilliantly depicts Alison’s awakening lesbian sexuality, her father’s suicide, and the effects on her family. Scenic designer Andrea Bechert creates a magnificent mansion, with sumptuous…

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