Anyone lucky enough to see Satchmo at the Waldorf, a one-actor, three-character show in ACT's Geary Theater, will discover a very different Louis Armstrong: a man who loved music above all else and suffered through poverty, incarceration, racism, gangland threats and ultimately, through declining health, to blow his horn in ways that few if any have equalled.
Mr. Burns is having a stellar run at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco with Mark Rucker at the helm. In the play the survivors of a North American apocalypse barely salvage food or weapons but in abundance they salvage culture in the form of the Simpsons, and specifically the 1993 episode "Cape Fear."
When people with widely disparate cultural beliefs meet up in real life, several outcomes are possible. One of the best examples of this phenomenon was depicted in Pacific Overtures (the 1976 Broadway musical which focused on the historical moment in which Japan opened its isolated island society to Western culture).