Navigating post-war burdens with deftness in ‘Blues’

It had certainly been a long, long time since Chet Monkawa actually felt lucky. At a lottery earlier that day, he and Earl Worthing — a resident from the San Francisco boarding house Monkawa runs —  entered a raffle for a modern American phenomenon: a brand-new television. Miraculously, they had
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“Gidion’s Knot” tangled with emotion at Aurora

A vibrant blue door frame matches the plastic moulded fifth-grade seats. The word “THINK” penned in calligraphy is the basis of an inspiring acrostic poem on the whiteboard. This brightly-lit classroom is the secretive world of “Gidion’s Knot,” which opened at the Aurora Theater in Berkeley and is running until
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San Francisco Playhouse’s ‘Jerusalem’ squanders technical excellence with erratic plot

Despite its religious title, Jez Butterworth’s “Jerusalem” is absolutely anything but. Inspired by the poetry of William Blake, San Francisco Playhouse’s latest follows a day in the life of a 40-something, drug-dealing squatter and his eccentric clan of inebriated, amphetamine-craving teenagers. Johnny “Rooster” Byron (Brian Dykstra), a modern-day Falstaff and
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Soaring imaginations make for superb Solo Sundays at Stage Werx

Nestled in the burgeoning hipster scene of San Francisco’s Mission District, Stage Werx seeks to continue the rich heritage of solo performance theater in San Francisco with its ongoing series, Solo Sundays. The stage is sparse, set with one measly folding chair — something that left audience members skeptical of
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Chekhov-inspired play fuses technology with classic themes

Renowned performer Mikhail Baryshnikov returns to Berkeley Repertory Theatre in a stunning theatrical presentation of “Man in a Case” — a visually stirring work that takes from Anton Chekhov’s library of short stories and is served up on stage as a techno-fusion piece of performance art. Two hunters set the
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