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“The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley” Lights Up a Revolution, at MTC, Mill Valley

“The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley” Lights Up a Revolution, at MTC, Mill Valley

Gunderson & Melcon’s Comedy Transfigures Pride & Prejudice   by Barry David Horwitz In this sequel to Pride and Prejudice, the clever playwrights take us downstairs into the vast basement kitchen underneath a great English manor. The rich people upstairs keep sneaking down the heavy duty wooden staircase to get some of the housekeeper’s Christmas cookies. But wicked, witty George Wickham (delightful Kenny Toll) bursts into the kitchen and the whole household goes into an uproar. George argues eloquently for…

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“Hedda Gabler” Surprises and Charms, at Pear Theatre, Mountain View

“Hedda Gabler” Surprises and Charms, at Pear Theatre, Mountain View

Millennial Notes Ibsen Reveals Dark Side of Marriage by Rachel Norby “Hedda Gabler,” the story of a woman trapped in the strict confines of a patriarchal society, comes to life at the Pear Theatre. Pencil skirts, leggings, and color photographs indicate that the story takes place in the present day, rather than in Henrik Ibsen’s 1891 Norway. Skillfully acted, we feel unsymathetic toward almost every character, making Ibsen’s story of the Colonel’s daughter deeply human and unsettling. From the start,…

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“Graveyard Shift” Digs Up Texas Terror, at S.F. Playhouse

“Graveyard Shift” Digs Up Texas Terror, at S.F. Playhouse

Millennial Notes Korde Arrington Tuttle Blends News & Poetry by Tyler Jeffreys  “Graveyard Shift” shows us just how awkward it is for us “all to just get along.” We see a Black couple from Chicago and a White couple from Texas–both dancing to Bobby Schmurda’s gangsta song “Hot Nigga.” Playwright Korde Arrington Tuttle is toying with my mind, and his odd style reels me in. When I see the two White police officers, Elise (innocent Amanda Farbstein) and Brian (sulking…

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“Sweat”—A Passionate Portrait of U.S. Workers, at ACT, S.F.

“Sweat”—A Passionate Portrait of U.S. Workers, at ACT, S.F.

Millennial Notes Lynn Nottage’s Masterpiece Shines Bright Light on Rust Belt by Beau McGlasson Battered billboards loom over a local watering hole, a caustic picture of America’s Rust Belt. Lynn Nottage’s “Sweat,” winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, brilliantly paints a stark contrast between the warm wood-paneled local bar and the harsh, worn-out billboards hovering overhead. It’s spring of 2000, and her Reading, Pennsylvania steel workers cling to hard, dangerous jobs and dwindling pay—tinder waiting for a spark. Steel-workers celebrate…

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