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The play is fantastic. The writing, the acting, the singing will cradle you in this 125 year old theatrical space that has deep roots in Oakland. A talented cast of 18 put out an amazing feast. Go see it!
Very, very minor quibble... Gilman did not write the story in 1892, but in 1890 (actually, on this exact date in 1890 as I write this). It took her some time to find a publisher. See: http://americanliteraryblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/gilman-color-is-repellant.html
Oh. That is confusing. Will fix.
Debra is the manikin head :)
It's Michele Owen and Christina Shonkwiler as the two clown/Beckett characters and Sango Tajima as the bumblebee/sweepstakes host for the Malibu piece.
I did not find the comment about the same-sex couple homophobic at all. As a gay male, I was actually surprised the line was written and found it funny. I thought it was ahead of its time. Also, let us not forget the "It's Pat" sketch on SNL. Not to mention all the other "crazy" people that were mentioned that live in the same apartment building. I found the play, while sitcomie, reminded me of my spouse and me...I am married to a Paul. And the line "even when I didn't like you...I still loved you" made me tear up...ok I am a crier :) Good review.
Let's hope the run is extended at the Berkeley City Club. A second wind on the East Coast would be even better!
The promo that BRT sent out on this show was so completely snoozers that I wasn't even remotely tempted to part with my hard-earned $$. Do we really need another self-absorbed, hyperhetero/drag queen in genetic female clothing - flashback to the 80's anybody? But thanks for the review, which confirmed that I'd dodged a bullet, i.e. total irreversible coma in a theatre seat. You can almost hear the little wheels a churnin' at the BRT board meeting "we've got to get the (YOUNGER) men with high tech pockets in here people?!?"
Read this one instead. Anna Pulley is just too smug and cynical to get this play...
i agree that Kitchens' performance is "distractingly overwrought". Otherwise, this review is mostly offbase. I enjoyed the show but I thought that Darlington seemed like a Judy Garland fanboy in the first act, and a completely different person in the second. Ross was flawless.
Maybe you should learn a little more theatrical history. Lady Windermere's Fan was written as a drama. You seem to be the only reviewer to not get that. Perhaps the play is just to erudite for you.
Great review. Saw the play July 14 -- agree with everything you say about it. "None of that wilting Romeo Romeo business" -- YES!
There is one East Bay show: http://sfsketchfest.com/x/performers/the-l…
One little correction: At Woodstock, Wavy called it the "please force", not peace; as in "please don't do that, do this instead."
The album Blood Money is superb..not weird or harsh or clamorous. Just listen to All The World Is Green, and see how he uses a whole new muted instrumentation of stroh violin and clarinet to create a pocket world embued with sadness.
"Homer may have been the first to put ink to parchment and write down The Iliad..."
The blind bard?
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