Ethnical Difficulties

24 February, 2010 Theater 4 comments
Ethnical Difficulties

It’s funny that the night after I saw The Breach, in which racist imagery is offered up as an exhibit of the continuing harmful legacy of slavery, I’d see a show that’s also critiquing ethnic stereotypes, this time by gleefully reveling in their very offensiveness. Impact Theatre’s world premiere of Enrique Urueta’s Learn to Be Latina is an often screamingly funny show offering a heaping helping of “oh no he didn’t,” plus what’s no doubt the most priceless glory hole moment I’ve ever seen on stage.

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Breaching the Subject

24 February, 2010 Theater No comments
Breaching the Subject

Show #20: The Breach, Cultural Odyssey, February 19.

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Safety First

17 February, 2010 Theater 1 comment
Safety First

Safe House opens with a knife to the throat, a boy in a wheelchair threatening his mom in the woods. “Is this the end? Say yes,” he says, and although of course it’s only the beginning you can see immediately that its also the end. From there we can only go back to see how we got there.

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Don’t Assume: The Position

10 February, 2010 Theater 1 comment
Don’t Assume: The Position

Seventeenth show of 2010: The Position, PianoFight, February 7.

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The Heartland According to Hoyle

The Heartland According to Hoyle

On Saturday Dan Hoyle unveiled The Real Americans, his much-anticipated follow-up to his long-running Marsh hit Tings Dey Happen, which won the Will Glickman Award for best new play to debut in the Bay Area in 2007. Son of acclaimed local comic actor Geoff Hoyle, Dan honed his particular brand of journalistic solo theater with 2004′s Circumnavigator and 2005′s Florida 2004: The Big Bummer. But the cross-section of players large and small in the game of Nigerian oil politics that he captured with chameleonlike skill in Tings was utterly enthralling, from warlords and militants to foreign oil workers and diplomats, and it was seemingly a hard act to follow. But with The Real Americans, he’s done a heck of a job.

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A Dazzling Rey

5 February, 2010 Theater 1 comment
A Dazzling Rey

Fourteenth show of 2010: Oedipus el Rey, Magic Theatre, February 3.

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Know When to Fold ‘Em

Know When to Fold ‘Em

Thirteenth show of 2010: Animals out of Paper, SF Playhouse, February 2.

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Unhappy in Its Own Way

Unhappy in Its Own Way

Aurora’s first main stage production to come out of its annual Global Age Project new works series, Joel Drake Johnson’s The First Grade isn’t at all what the title or the set might lead one to expect. Nina Ball’s scenic design is themed around a first grade classroom, with a hand-printed alphabet banner, inspirational posters on the wall and lockers that look drawn in crayon or chalk. Wall panels rotate to form a kitchen interior or the exterior of a house.

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Fiddle Me This

30 January, 2010 Theater 2 comments
Fiddle Me This

Eleventh show of 2010: Fiddler on the Roof, SHN, January 27.

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