Crack Team in Search of Truth

15 December, 2014 Theater No comments
Crack Team in Search of Truth

Somebody’s trying to tell you something, and it’s clearly something desperately important, but you can’t understand. That’s what it feels like watching Superheroes, the world premiere by Sean San Jose that opens Cutting Ball’s 16th season.

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Branded for Life

11 September, 2012 Theater No comments
Branded for Life

Placas: The Most Dangerous Tattoo is a project that’s been in the works for four years. A coproduction of the San Francisco International Arts Festival, the Central American Resource Center, and Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Placas was conceived as a serious examination of Salvadoran-American gang violence in San Francisco amid nationwide anti-immigrant hysteria. Playwright Paul S. Flores interviewed gang members, parents and intervention workers while working on the piece. The resulting play now premiering at the erstwhile Lorraine Hansberry Theatre at 450 Post Street (which will become the new SF Playhouse this fall) feels very much like it’s designed to educate, with a nuanced view of the social pressures of gang culture but also a lack of dramatic subtlety and tendency toward melodrama.

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