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August 30, 2012

RIGHTS OF PASSAGE - IMPRESSIVE!


Hate reaches fever pitch in Serbia. Pictured: Christopher Morrell. Photo: Lois tema



SHORT TAKES

RIGHTS OF PASSAGE – A WORLD PREMIERE


The play is glorious to look at. You will be pleased and enchanted with the visuals. The traditional storytelling includes puppets, masks and wonderful bright colors everywhere that take you to different cultures. Deeper into the story is about Gay people in each country as they struggle to be able to love one another without getting killed.  For instance, there is a young Gay Man that tries to balance his gayness with Sharia law. Not an easy task. Yes, we may all want love, but it is doubtful that we will find love everywhere. Some nations are just stuck in their space and that’s the way it will probably be forever. Trying to find equal rights around the world is like looking for pennies on Mars. Like one Boy says on stage: “Loss is Love – Love is Lost!” Bullies don’t recognize Love between the sexes. It’s not even that easy in the United States let alone the whole world. Hate is everywhere.

Ed Decker and Robert Leone worked on this play for many years. And they bring to the stage a new enlightenment. The Director by Arturo Catricala opens our eyes to for hundreds of amazing things to see. 

THE STARS OF THE PLAY: RJ Castaneda, Dazie Rustin Grego, Randall Nakano, Desiree Rogers, Michaela Greeley, Christopher Morrell, Anthony Rollins-Mullens and Jomar Tagatac.VIVID ACTING! TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY!

NOW PLAYING AT NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE 

RATING: Three Glasses of Champagne!!! –trademarked-

QUICKIES 

HA - HA! THE JOKE IS ON US. The first few minutes of "Chinglish" - are somewhat funny, but as the time passes by -- you realize that the play revolves around one variation on one joke. As a result, the characters get lost in translation. It's kinda like watching a sitcom on TV. And that is not my cup of tea. The ending makes no sense in this two dimensional play. Sorry, this one is a waste.

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(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook and he produced a long-running Arts Segment on PBS - KQED))) 

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