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Erika Milvy
Erika Milvy is an arts, entertainment and culture writer and critic whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the LA Times, KQED, Parenting Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, and other places.

Entries by Erika Milvy

Mary Zimmerman's Latest Epic Journey at Sea, Treasure Island, Is See-worthy

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 1:33 AM


This week, stage spellbinder Mary Zimmerman returns to Berkeley Rep where she has staged numerous productions. Over the years, the playwright and director has conjured poetic, witty and fresh new ways to tell very old stories. Zimmerman, who won a Tony...

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Think Outside the Bun

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 3:33 PM

Back in the day, when the Mission was just the Mission and not the hippest place on Earth, there was a Taco Bell at the triangle where Valencia butts into Mission Street. I never understood who would frequent a Taco Bell in...
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Satchmo at the Waldorf, Ain't Got that Swing

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 7:04 AM


ACT's one-man play, "Satchmo at the Waldorf," is set, post-performance, in Louis Armstrong spacious dressing room at the ritzy Waldorf Astoria hotel. Why does it matter that the name of the hotel is in the title of the play? Was this a particularly...

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My So-Called Free-Range Childhood

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 2:21 PM

I was 15 and growing up on West 99th street when Etan Patz first showed up on my kitchen table's milk carton. Etan's murder trial began three weeks ago and I found myself Googling that milk carton picture. Etan's red on white (super hero? Or are they soccer-themed?) pajamas can...

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Today's Princesses and Witches Are Taking Bitchy Back

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 12:20 PM

"What's more offensive, a little girl saying f*ck or the f*ing sexist way society treats girls and women?" ask a 6-year-old in a pink taffeta princess dress and tiara in a new video making the rounds on Facebook. In this video, a posse of princesses curse up a...

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Maya Rudolph Sings Prince. The Show is Bawdy and Steamy and Eliminates Toxins As Well!

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 4:22 PM


You would be wrong if you thought Maya Rudolph's band, Princess -- a girls' Prince cover band -- is a comedy act parodying the artist formerly known as Prince. Sure, that sounds fun; the strut, the smut and the swagger...

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Beautiful, the Carole King Musical Opens in San Francisco

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 6:05 PM


What could be better than a Jukebox Musical set on a Greek Island? One set in an office building where Jewish married couples write songs for black stars to sing.

Premiering in San Francisco before its January New York...

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Film Review, What Maisie Knew: Is the Kid All Right?

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 2:58 PM


What does a six-year-old girl understand about the tumultuous life of grown-ups? The new film, What Maisie Knew, asks that question. The movie is a gut-churning domestic drama about a turbulent divorce and its collateral damage.

Directed by Scott McGehee and...

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4000 Miles by Bike to Grandmother's House

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 3:58 PM


Four-thousand miles is the distance traveled by bike from the West Coast to the front door of a Greenwich Village apartment where an elderly widow welcomes in her road-weary grandson. 4000 Miles is also the title of Amy Herzog's novella...

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Review: Troublemaker, or the Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 11:03 AM


More novel than a graphic novel, more colorful than a color comic book and able to entertain a middle-aged theater audience for 150 minutes, Troublemaker, or the Freakin Kick-Adventures of Bradley Boatright is a dynamic, angst-fraught, paean to the super-cool kid-power of awesome...

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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: Putting the Pop Back in Populism

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 3:53 PM

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson is a hard-rock musical that tells the life story of this nation's seventh president in modern lingo to make the 19th century relevant to youth culture. Lets just say, been there, done that, hella better.

Photo by by...
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Earthquake* Strikes Academy of Sciences Building (*It's an Exhibition)

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 5:09 PM

We're a little bit weird about earthquakes, aren't we? There will be a few hundred quakes in California this week and those of us who live here are not only blasé about small quakes, we can find them a little exciting. Little bit. Did you feel that? Where were you...

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Charlie Varon's New Play Buffers in a YouTube Video Smackdown Between Ex-spouses

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 10:25 AM

In FWD: Life Gone Viral, two of the four characters in this two-actor play are tiny flies on the wall -- spying on their exes. That is, they are spying through the lens of minute, unarmed drones that appear, to the unassuming eye, to be flies on the...

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'Genuine Black Man' Brian Copeland Waits For His Gun

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 2:21 PM

Eight years ago, Brian Copeland debuted his one man play, Not a Genuine Black Man at The Marsh Theater in San Francisco. Kudos ensued. What was scheduled to be a six-week run became the longest running solo show in San Francisco history.

So, many who loved the show have been...

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"Marga Gomez Is Not Getting Any Younger" Extended

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 1:10 PM

Marga Gomez is not getting any younger -- but, as she says, she has the smooth skin and elastic complexion that God gave Blacks and Latinos instead of economic prosperity.

That and she lies about her age. She lies about composting and flossing, sure. But the chronically desperate, manic comedian...

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Rita Moreno Stars in a World Premiere of Her Own Life Story

(4) Comments | Posted September 11, 2011 | 9:07 PM

Rita Moreno is having a Betty White year. She is back on TV, back on the stage and although she might not be as ubiquitous as Betty White (she has yet to have a calender made about her) she certainly has better gams that Betty White.

After more than 70...

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Oh, Naughty Muppets. What Would Jim Henson Think of You Now?W

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2011 | 6:21 PM

Three things that may make many a theater lover run for the hills:

1. Puppeteers

2. Improv

3. Audience Participation.

If you feel otherwise, you might want to Run! Not Walk! to Stuffed and Unstrung. If you like puppets, but are...

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Anna Deavere Smith, Human Tape-Recorder Extraordinaire

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 11:19 AM

"Let Me Down Easy" is a phrase that comforted Joel Siegel, the ABC film critic who died of cancer in 2007. "I see a hand, carrying me to the ground, gently," he told Anna Deavere Smith before his death.

In her new show, Let Me Down Easy, Anna Deveare Smith...

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Possible MS Breakthrough Neglected By American Media

(145) Comments | Posted December 17, 2009 | 5:41 PM

Folks who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis are not really a rowdy bunch. Activism and outrage are hard to muster for the chronically fatigued. But since Thanksgiving, people with MS and their loved ones have gone all ACT-UP 2.0.

That is, the past few weeks have seen a surge in...

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