Are You There, God? It’s Me, Dezi

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Dezi

An 18-year-old solo performer embodies many people from many religions on a personal search for God.

My review of Dezi Gallegos’s God Fights the Plague is on KQED Arts. Read more

Kvetch on the Beach

Kvetch on the Beach

Charlie Varon is one of those artists who are pretty much synonymous with the Marsh. He’s been a mainstay and artist-in-residence at the hub for solo performance for more than 20 years, creating hilarious and thought-provoking multicharacter one-man shows from 1994’s Rush Limbaugh in Night School to 2009’s Rabbi Sam. Certainly not all of these have been in the same style, and his last show, 2012’s Fwd: Life Gone Viral, even brought in a second performer, Jeri Lynn Cohen. Even so, Varon’s latest piece, Feisty Old Jew, feels like a departure or a new direction.

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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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