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Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen on life, television, and her inseparable love of the two

In television, it takes a great showrunner — the top dog behind the scenes of TV shows  — to make and keep a show successful. So when it comes to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s strongest television brand, there’s no one better to turn to than Maurissa Tancharoen, one of the series’ co-creators and showrunners (the…

SF Playhouse’s ‘Mary Poppins’ is ‘practically perfect’

SF Playhouse excels at plays, but I’ve remained relatively unimpressed with its works of musical theater. However, the theater’s production of “Mary Poppins” provides a welcome exception. “Mary Poppins” is also a highly unconventional choice of musical—originally performed in 2004, it never really became popular for professional theaters to perform; however, the iconic story makes…

Boots Riley on ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ political organizing and making a difference

Boots Riley might have previously been best known as a self-described “communist rapper,” but his new film, “Sorry to Bother You,” has been making a splash in the cinematic community after premiering last January at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson and Steven Yeun, “Sorry to Bother You,” marks Riley’s writing…