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Friday, March 2, 2012

Theater Review Podcast: The Gorgeous Mysteries of Tontlawald

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 6:45 AM

click to enlarge Madeline H.D. Brown, Marilet Martinez, and others, working through the Tontlawald - CUTTING BALL THEATER
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  • Madeline H.D. Brown, Marilet Martinez, and others, working through the Tontlawald

Do you have to understand a show in order to like it?

SF Weekly theater critics Benjamin Wachs and I emerged from Tontlawald, at the Cutting Ball, with this question in mind. We agreed that the production, an experimental rendering of an Estonian fairytale, is both beautiful and enigmatic (okay, maybe one of us would say "baffling"). But we disagreed as to how much it succeeds. Listen to us duke it out--and get a taste of the production's stunning a cappella music--in this podcast produced by Benjamin Wachs.

Tontlawald continues through Mar. 11 at the Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor St. (at Ellis), S.F. Admission is $10 - $50; 525-1205 or


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