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As citizen of the Cherokee Nation and playwright, Mary Kathryn Nagle has instilled in Manahatta a deep and obvious respect for Native ancestors and ancestral traditions in the dual storytelling of two, too-similar time periods, providing a play that is educating and thought-provoking as well as emotionally memorable.
In a commissioned, world premiere production at American Conservatory Theater,Big Data humanizes today’s hottest, fastest-changing, high-tech trend – A.I. (artificial intelligence) – and in doing so, stages a play that is eye-popping, boundary-shattering, somewhat unnerving, and surprisingly both familiar and relatable.
Opera San José stages a grand and glorious, uplifting and heart-wrenching Rigoletto with a cast that to a person combines their absolutely stellar voices with impressively nuanced acting abilities.
With a jaw-droppingly stellar cast and Benny Sato Ambush’s inspired and bold directorial decisions by the dozens, San Jose Stage Company’s People Where They Are is a must-attend, must-experience class where the lessons to be learned are as important – if not more so – in today’s America than they were in those early years of the Civil Rights Movement.
Lines like “How do you document real life when real life is getting more like fiction each day?” sound sadly too current. Scenes of wandering homeless folks wrapped in ragged blankets on dirty, drug-laden streets mirror the scenes too often seen in today’s Bay Area cities large and small. The threat of young artists losing their funky, warehouse abode is right off the headlines of today’s San Francisco Chronicle. The timing for this powerfully presented Hillbarn production of Rent is eerily perfect.
San Francisco Playhouse stages an other-worldly world premiere of Minna Lee’s My Home on the Moon – a hilarious comedy with ever-mounting elements of TikTok videos, Twilight Zone, and some glimpses of where today’s news headlines about A-I could lead us in the near future.