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Review: ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ stuns and delights at Berkeley Rep

There is no doubt that Nora has engaged in some thrilling relationships in the 15 years since she famously shut that door on her way out. In those years, there … Continue reading Review: ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ stuns and delights at Berkeley Rep

Strength and magic the focus of African-American Shakes’ production of ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf’

When Brittany Sims walks into the rehearsal room of her latest show, it feels different. Sims did not grow up with reaffirming hashtags such as “Me Too” and “Black Girl … Continue reading Strength and magic the focus of African-American Shakes’ production of ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf’

The Drama Guy’s top 10 fall (POC) theatre picks

While the fall is a time for a beautiful change in weather, sweetened coffees, and the return of football, there’s also a ton of great theatre that kicks off the … Continue reading The Drama Guy’s top 10 fall (POC) theatre picks

Review: Humor-filled ‘Native Gardens’ a mostly green affair

I have had these conversations. Believe you me, I have had these conversations. Sometimes being a person of color means people don’t always know what to make of you. In … Continue reading Review: Humor-filled ‘Native Gardens’ a mostly green affair

Howdy neighbor: Playwright Zacarías dives into proximity battles in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s ‘Native Gardens’

There are few things worse than a war with a neighbor. Playwright Karen Zacarías started quite a conversation at a dinner party a few years ago while discussing a new … Continue reading Howdy neighbor: Playwright Zacarías dives into proximity battles in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s ‘Native Gardens’

Review: Both infuriating and inspiring, TheatreWorks’ ‘Hold These Truths’ is also powerful

Five minutes to eight. For anyone else, five minutes to eight means exactly that. But when you are Japanese-American in 1942, just mere months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, … Continue reading Review: Both infuriating and inspiring, TheatreWorks’ ‘Hold These Truths’ is also powerful

Closing weekend for powerful and timely ‘Richard III’ from African-American Shakes

Director Kirsten Brandt is a few days away from closing her first show with the African-American Shakespeare Company, a production of the vicious classic “Richard III.” And to hear the … Continue reading Closing weekend for powerful and timely ‘Richard III’ from African-American Shakes

Review: A friendship built from oppression displayed in ACT’s searing ‘Splendid Suns’

Theirs is a bond like no other. It is not hard to see what makes Mariam and Laila come together. Both existing in a world of suffocating oppression, tethered to … Continue reading Review: A friendship built from oppression displayed in ACT’s searing ‘Splendid Suns’

Review: Everything’s all white with sharp ‘Two Mile Hollow’ at Ferocious Lotus

One thing you have to say about those Donnelly’s – they know how to make an entrance. Take the dashing, thunderously white stepson Joshua. He doesn’t so much enter a … Continue reading Review: Everything’s all white with sharp ‘Two Mile Hollow’ at Ferocious Lotus

Review: ‘Soft Power’ at the Curran takes sharp aim through laughs and song

In the past few years, I have fallen in love with a few things. First, there’s KPop. What’s not to love about these fantastically constructed groups with sick dance moves … Continue reading Review: ‘Soft Power’ at the Curran takes sharp aim through laughs and song

San Francisco’s Ferocious Lotus tackles a new genre in world premiere of Winkler’s ‘Two Mile Hollow’

As the family gathers where the loons call them back, the sunset cascades down onto the muddy bank while simultaneously piercing through the Lake House window. And as the night … Continue reading San Francisco’s Ferocious Lotus tackles a new genre in world premiere of Winkler’s ‘Two Mile Hollow’