Yes, I’ve Paid the Price

17 September, 2014 Theater No comments
Yes, I’ve Paid the Price

At its heart, Gina Gionfriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn is a play about four women sitting around talking about feminism. As Aurora Theatre Company’s Bay Area premiere demonstrates, however, it’s a heck of a lot more entertaining than that sounds. Catherine (a marvelously self-assured Marilee Talkington) is a hotshot feminist academic writing about pop culture—torture porn, reality TV, you name it—but she’s returned to her home town to take care of her mother after a heart attack. Lillian Bogovich’s upbeat and eager-to-please Alice seems pretty spry and would much rather wait on her daughter than vice versa.

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This Must Be the New World

This Must Be the New World

Only in New York… or maybe Walnut Creek: Center REP is doing Yussef El Guindi’s cross-cultural romantic comedy Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World. My review is up on KQED Arts.

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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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