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Calendar, Night&Day Mission Piece

Mission Piece

The literary showcase and open mike LUNADA takes a new tack this month, with three writer-performers presenting short theater pieces. As the former program director for Bay Area darling Youth Speaks, Paul Flores has produced the work of local youth.…
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Disney & Deutschland. Imagining a 1935 meeting between Walt Disney and Adolf Hitler is a great spark for a play, but playwright and director John J. Powers' production never ignites. The 20-minute history lesson that starts the 90-minute play fails…
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Dead Mother, or Shirley Not All in Vain. Like the ghost of an unpopular relative returning for a visit years after its demise, David Greenspan's surreal play is enjoying a belated — and totally transcendent — second coming at San…
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reOrient. What makes Golden Thread's collection of five short plays about the Middle East better than your average festival aimed at a Large Theme or Important Cause is the theatrical imagination with which the company approaches the various stories. In…
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Culture, Stage "Gentrification Bad," Says Myopic Play <i>Taking Over</i> at Berkeley Rep

"Gentrification Bad," Says Myopic Play Taking Over at Berkeley Rep

Danny Hoch plays nine different characters in his provocative if overly simplistic new solo show about the effects of gentrification on urban communities — specifically the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Hoch is a so-called hip-hop theater artist: His…
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Calendar, Night&Day Multiple Personalities

Multiple Personalities

Danny Hoch looks like your average white guy in a track suit. But inside those pedestrian racing stripes is something Berkeley Rep director Tony Taccone calls "his agile voice, his expressive body, his sharp mind." (Keep in mind that as…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hop Onstage

Hop Onstage

What is hip hop theater? It's easier for Danny Hoch, creator of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, to declare what the genre is not: "It's a huge misconception to think it means doing a rap-music version of A Midsummer Night's Dream,"…
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The House of Tudor

On the Blue in the Face soundtrack, David Byrne tried to match the achievement of Wayne Wang's superlative film -- that is, to give the outsider an insider's look at Brooklyn. While the musical selection was inspired -- Lou Reed,…
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Aisle Seat

I Fall for Pieces The benefit reading of selections from Pieces of the Quilt made for a remarkable evening of theater. The performances were extraordinary, the pieces astonishing. Julia Sweeney (God Said, "HA!") read excerpts from Tony Kushner's Sermon for…
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