Here's What Happened, Kid

“I show the best show, and tell the best tell,” says Jason Magabo Perez, channeling a disturbed third-grader. In a passionate stage whisper, he adds “Ever.” It's a giggly moment as well as a description of the multitalented playwright himself; the third-grader is a character in You Will Gonna Go Crazy, Perez's new play. It's from an arts organization called Kularts, and it's part of the emerging Bay Area theater style we think of as having three “H”s: hilarious, heartbreaking, and historical. This style (exemplified by the work of Sean San José's Campo Santo theater company, Anthem Salgado, and many others) also uses strong dance, music, film, and other visual elements; you can thank director Alleluia Panis for those. The story focuses on the child's reaction to his mother's murder trial, and it's based on the real-life experiences of the playwright's mother. She was convicted and then later freed because it was obvious she had been framed by racists, with the help of the FBI. How do you explain that to an 8-year-old obsessed with Hulk Hogan? Use three “H”s.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Oct. 21. Continues through Oct. 30, 2011

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