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Other People's Money 

When: Sundays, 5 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 7 p.m. Continues through April 12 2014
Price: $25
Other People’s Money involves a battle between a Wall Street raider, Garfield (the booming, irrepressible John Hale), and the company he’s trying to liquidate, led by its old-school CEO, Jorgenson (the affably sincere Keith Jefferds), who’s trying to protect his 1,200 employees from getting the axe. Written by Jerry Sterner, it contains overt themes of corporate greed and copious explanations of business terminology such as “shark repellent,” “poison pill,” and “greenmail.” While that may sound like an unlikely entertainment experience, the play was a considerable hit when it debuted in New York in the late Eighties, and it remains so today. Even Donald Trump endorsed it, calling it “an extraordinarily insightful, timely and witty play — beautifully performed.” Other People’s Money, which is being staged by Piedmont Oakland Repertory Theatre at Kehilla Community Synagogue (1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont), stirs us into imagining the possibility of a better future instead of resigning ourselves to the omnipresent “business as usual.”
— Anna Pulley


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