Rewiring the System


Salomania: A Play, If You Get Past The Manager


Plays at the Aurora Theater in Berkeley CA are in the round and as such are spell binding, usually…

The current offering: Salomania, uses a verbal devise like a caveman’s club. Youtube does a better job:

Salome, sultry and attractive in a way that suggests a passionate nature.  whose name is derived from the root word ŠLM (שלם), meaning “peace” is the key.   The play remains unlocked though the key is beautiful. The story is scaled as a feminism manifesto but plods on with no feminine sway. The actors were wonderful but the script was tedious and boring.

At this theater, the real story is in the manager of this establishment, a crass Marilyn G. who found something nasty to several people as they entered the theater or asked for some seating help. Several attendees, six who I knew personally, came up to me after hearing the greeting I got upon crossing the threshold. It seems that they too have had the same poor customer service and wanted me and my companion to know that we were not alone in this sort of treatment!  Some people are just that way. I suppose it is one of the reasons Catchup was invented.

The language stood on one part of the woman’s anatomy. The word was repeated in the script until it sounded like a punishment to our senses.  Like the ‘F’ word, in what seemed less creative but looking for the effect of the Fred Durst run to use that word to bother adults.  OUCH!

The press release, you be the judge:

Award-winning Bay Area auteur Mark Jackson returns to Aurora to direct this World Premiere, specially commissioned for our 20th anniversary season. While directing Oscar Wilde’s fascinating and sensual play Salome at Aurora in 2006, Jackson discovered the extraordinary story of dancer Maud Allan, a San Francisco native who took Europe by storm in the early 1900’s with her version of the “Dance of the Seven Veils.” She became notoriously known as “The Salomé Dancer,” and was unexpectedly confronted with a lawsuit that destroyed her career. Whereas Salome was Oscar Wilde’s wild take on the infamous Biblical temptress, Salomania uses Allan’s story as a framework to explore themes of media sensationalism, freedom of expression and wartime hysteria – themes as relevant today as they were a century ago.

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