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Hick: A Love Story

Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 25
Hick: A Love Story
In addition to being America’s longest-serving first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt was also the most influential (Sorry, Michelle!). Eleanor was a fierce champion for human rights, feminism, and underprivileged youth, but let’s focus on what really matters — her thirty-year love affair with journalist Lorena Hickok, whom Eleanor affectionately referred to as “Hick.” Chronicling Hick and Eleanor’s romance at Berkeley City Club (2315 Durant St.) is Terry Baum. In Hick: A Love Story, Baum plays the scrappy butch journo, who was also a pioneer in her own right (She was a top reporter for the Associated Press in New York and the nation’s best-known female journalist in the 1930s). As Hick, Baum recounts and reenacts (sort of — it’s a one-woman show, so Eleanor only appears by way of voice recordings) their decades-long relationship through monologues, stories, and snippets from the 2,336 letters that Eleanor and Hick wrote to each other. Hick is rife with humorous tidbits, including Eleanor’s response to Hick’s presumption that Eleanor had never been intimate with women before: “I went to English boarding school.” And a scene where, in a roomful of reporters, Eleanor announces that she and Hick will be conducting an interview in the bathroom and “please do not disturb us.” The play lags somewhat toward the end, but regardless of that minor shortcoming, Hick is a touching, tender tale about two trailblazing women who loved, admired, and inspired each other throughout their lives.
Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley (map)

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nteractive Middle School Workshop at Berkeley Rep

Sun., Jan. 25, 1-4 p.m.
510-647-2972
A Grimm Tale of Costume and Make-up is an exclusive workshop for students grades 6-8. Students will explore costume and make-up techniques used to create the heroes and villains from Into the Woods and other Grimm’s Fairytales, while bringing their own characters to life. $20
Berkeley Rep School of Theatre 2071 Addison St., Berkeley (map)

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I Am Not My Mother

Through Jan. 25, 8-10 p.m.
Neecole Cockerham tells a coming of age story filled with the truths about living life based on the hand you’re dealt. The show is character driven, modeled after the people that brought Cockerham’s own lessons to life. She opens a Pandora’s Box as she tells a revealing account of her success while appearing in more than 100 national commercials and exposes what lies beneath the surface of personal failures and the opulent Hollywood lifestyle. $25-$40
The Osher Studio 2055 Center St, Berkeley (map)

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