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“Refugee Voices & Trojan Women” Awakens Our Empathy, at Multi Ethnic Theater, S.F.

“Refugee Voices & Trojan Women” Awakens Our Empathy, at Multi Ethnic Theater, S.F.

Millennial Notes Lewis Campbell  Resurrects Bronze Age Conflict   by Evelyn Arevalo Director Lewis Campbell packs two spectacular tales of terror and pain into a brief 70 minute extravaganza. By the end, we are left speechless and angry. Campbell embraces big drama. He shows an adulterous Helen of Troy (sultry Joanna Mahaffy) emerging from her self-imprisonment in a tower, wearing a beautiful, ivory-toned satin dress, dripping with jewels. As Helen pleads her case, she seduces us with her bewitching looks…

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“Universal Robots” Mesmerizes, at Quantum Dragon, S.F.

“Universal Robots” Mesmerizes, at Quantum Dragon, S.F.

Mac Rogers’ Intelligent Dialogue Delights, Disturbs by Robert M. Gardner Do robots taking over the world sound too bizarre to be true?  Not if you go to see Quantum Dragon’s latest production, “Universal Robots.” Mac Rogers’ play is based on Karel Capek’s 1920 play “R.U.R.” (Rossum’s Universal Robots), imagining a robot-filled future.  What would happen if robots created by a mad scientist, Madame Rossum (fierce Michaela Greeley), replace humans, freeing us from drudgery? And leaving room for art and music….

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“Father Comes Home from the Wars” Unlocks a Worker’s Worth, at ACT, S.F.

“Father Comes Home from the Wars” Unlocks a Worker’s Worth, at ACT, S.F.

Suzan-Lori Parks Updates Civil War Slavery and Freedom by Barry David Horwitz In “Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts I, II, III)” Susan-Lori Parks alarms us with a slave named Hero who goes to the Civil War with his scurrilous white “boss-master.” Hero decides to go because The Colonel dangles freedom as a reward. Hero admits, “I will be helping out the wrong side.” How can a slave make such a decision? How does his decision affect other slaves/workers?…

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“Vietgone”: Tantalizing Trip across Alien(ated) America, at ACT, S.F.

“Vietgone”: Tantalizing Trip across Alien(ated) America, at ACT, S.F.

Qui Nguyen Turns the War Topsy-Turvy by Drew Lehman “Vietgone” turns America’s conventional view of the Vietnam War on its head. Playwright Qui Nguyen follows Vietnamese refugees who lost everything: family, friends, and country. The refugees find themselves marooned in the white, unwelcoming American heartland.  Imagine their shock when they arrive in the country that sacrificed 53,000 soldiers to defend South Vietnam, only to learn that Americans detest them. Nguyen’s raw and bawdy production abandons polite U.S. points of view…

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