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Culture, The Exhibitionist Memory, Immigration, Forgiveness, and Nat King Cole in A.C.T.'s <i>Let There Be Love</i>

Memory, Immigration, Forgiveness, and Nat King Cole in A.C.T.'s Let There Be Love

Actor Carl Lumbly says Let There Be Love, which he stars in at A.C.T. with Donnetta Lavinia Grays and Greta Wohlrabe, exceeded his expectations. And his expectations were high. “It’s just a joy to work on. It’s an affecting play…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Tree" at SF Playhouse Takes On Race and Family

"Tree" at SF Playhouse Takes On Race and Family

Growing up white, in a fairly segregated small town in southern Louisiana, Julie Hébert and her family were friendly with everyone on their block, including the black families. But she was aware that somehow there were different rules.  “Race…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist It's Grit and Gravel in "Terminus" at the Magic Theatre

It's Grit and Gravel in "Terminus" at the Magic Theatre

When director Jon Tracy first read the script for Terminus, Irish playwright Mark O'Rowe's dark and lyrical story which has its American premiere at the Magic Theatre, his biggest challenge was having little context for how to put together the…
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Culture, Stage Locked In: Magic Theatre and SF Playhouse Break Cycles

Locked In: Magic Theatre and SF Playhouse Break Cycles

In the Magic Theatre's "rolling world premiere" production of Se Llama Cristina, written by Octavio Solis and directed by Loretta Greco, set designer Andrew Boyce so meticulously renders a landscape of poverty that, watching it, you feel cockroaches crawling on…
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Culture, Stage "The Sunset Limited": Cormac McCarthy brings a welcome chill to SF Playhouse

"The Sunset Limited": Cormac McCarthy brings a welcome chill to SF Playhouse

Some novelists seem like natural-born playwrights. At first glance, Cormac McCarthy wouldn't appear to be among them. He writes first-rate dialogue in novels like Blood Meridian and No Country for Old Men, but nobody reads him for the dialogue. The…
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Calendar, Night&Day Two Men Walk Into a Subway Station...

Two Men Walk Into a Subway Station...

Two strangers experience a startling encounter on a New York City subway platform. It leads them to a tenement building, where they engage in a lengthy verbal exchange that covers the very meaning of existence. Welcome aboard. You’re on the…
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Jesus Hopped the “A” Train

On a gray concrete set, deftly standing in for Riker's Island Prison in New York, two adjacent cells hold two murderers. One is Angel Cruz (Daveed Diggs), an atheist on trial for shooting a reprehensible cult leader in the ass,…
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Scot Free Macbeth. By William Shakespeare. Directed by Tony Taccone. Starring Carl Lumbly and L. Scott Caldwell. At the Berkeley Repertory Theater, 2025 Addison in Berkeley, through April 4. Call (510) 845-4700. Nobody needs another review about the magnificence of…
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