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“Dead and Breathing” Turns Toward Life, at Rhino, S.F.

“Dead and Breathing” Turns Toward Life, at Rhino, S.F.

Chisa Hutchinson Celebrates Two Black Women in Crisis by Barry David Horwitz Two black women are struggling over life and death. One is a wealthy woman in hospice care who is dying of cancer. She can’t die fast enough for to suit herself, so she tries to get help from her nurse. Her nurse, Veronika Fern, is a god-fearing Christian young woman, who works hard and has no time for a self-indulgent slouch like Carolyn. They form an ill-matched pair—but…

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“Everybody” Speaks Boldly, Beautifully, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

“Everybody” Speaks Boldly, Beautifully, at Cal Shakes, Orinda

Jacobs-Jenkins’ Modern Morality Stirs Our Souls by Barry David Horwitz “Everybody” puts our isolated lives on the griddle. Britney Frasier, a brilliant and baffling God, puts us all in our places. Then she sends Death to find Everybody, who screwed up her/his Life. Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins up-dates the morality play “Everyman,” creating a parable of our privatization of Hope. In a turquoise sweater, Frazier/God authoritatively directs Death (bedeviled Victor Talmadge) to pluck five “Somebodies” from the amphitheater.  Death is hiding out,…

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