B8 gets it right with their thought-provoking, poignant and humorous collection of one acts focusing on ReproRights!

Deborah Murphy and Danielle Tortolani – – as mother and daughter


Photo Credits: Judy Potter

The B8 Theatre Company in Concord has delivered a remarkably impressive, poignant, thought-provoking evening of one act plays, entitled ReproRights! I think that when most people read about stories of stories focused on the potential loss of women’s reproduction rights, they may think, “oh boy!” this is bound to be “heavy”, “onerous”, “argumentative”, “pleading”, and “coercive”, but this show is none of that. Instead, it is a series of very short, often very funny stories that allow our imaginations to focus sharply or simply run wild in our concerns that the future of our society may become more conservative in its view of reproductive rights, not just for women, but or men as well.

Actresses Kaylamay Paz Saurez and Annie Larson  immerse themselves full throttle in IT FARCELY SEEMS POSSIBLE!

Rather than try to review each of the 14 one act stories and to identify each actress with her character in that story, I will simply provide you with the names of these wonderful actresses: Beth Chastain, David Ghilardi, Umi Grant, Annie Lason, Deborah Murphy, Kaylamay Paz Suarez, Brittany Nicole Sims, and Danielle Tortolani. Many of the authors are award winning authors and have extensive credits for playwriting from one end of the country to the other and they include: Rachel Bublitz, Megan Cohen, Elizabeth Flanagan, Nicole Jost, Lorraine Midanik, Lola Miller, Jeanie Ngo, Madeline Daly Puccioni, Jennifer Lynne Roberts and Naomi Westerman.

These are very clever, heart-felt, impressively written works that truly examine many different aspects of reproduction rights in a society that is becoming more concerning and frightening to a very large minority (women) in America. I strongly suggest that no matter what your mindset is today as respects these issues, you will find this program thought-provoking, educational, and perhaps it may provide another door to open and explore, even with a delightful touch of humor here and there. While all of the acting is quite excellent, David Ghilardi was the award winner in this series of stories. He is a very dedicated, talented and funny actor.

“ReproRights!” continues Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, with weekend matinees at 2 pm, and one Thursday evening performance at 8 PM on October 25. The theater is located within one block of Todos Santos Plaza in Concord, at 2292 Concord Blvd (at the corner of Colfax Street) in what used to be a bank building on that corner. There is ample off-street parking behind the bank and a couple of nearby office buildings that have recently closed. The theater is also just a 5 minute walk from the downtown Concord BART station. Tickets are very reasonable at $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors and student and $15 for military personnel, active and retired. Tickets may be secured by going to https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3598764 or they may be purchased at the theater door within 45 minutes prior to the start of the show. This program comes to a close on Saturday, October 27th.

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Charles JarrettTheater reviewer for the Rossmoor News for 29 years, a professional theatrical photographer (Megaline Photographic Design - Alamo, CA) and news paper reporter for 15 years, currently with the Orinda News as a staff photographer and reporter.View all posts by Charles Jarrett →