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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Seminar" at the SF Playhouse Deals with Writers' Fragile Egos

"Seminar" at the SF Playhouse Deals with Writers' Fragile Egos

Director and San Jose State theater professor Amy Glazer is beyond enthusiastic about her latest project, Theresa Rebeck's "Seminar," which opens at the San Francisco Playhouse today. "To work on a jewel of a play with a writer I…
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Calendar, Night&Day An Archetypal Affair

An Archetypal Affair

In Lynne Kaufman's first play, The Couch, a man cheats on his wife, and she tolerates it -- and not just because that man is Carl Jung. For Amy Glazer, who's directing the play for 3Girls Theatre's second annual Celebration…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>The Understudy</i> Reveals Theater World's Tension, Angst -- and Humor

The Understudy Reveals Theater World's Tension, Angst -- and Humor

At times, The Understudy suffers from the cutesy, pandering quality that occurs in "theater about theater" these days. For every joke about why anyone would want to steal someone else's Actor's Equity card or the stoner who's always up in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Family, Meet Train Wreck

Family, Meet Train Wreck

Becky Shaw is like a two-hour greatest hits album ... for a soap opera. Have a favorite cliché of the genre? You'll probably find it somewhere in Gina Gionfriddo's careening script. There's a well-to-do family that, upon the death of…
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Culture, Stage "Becky Shaw": SF Playhouse Finds Pleasure in Soapy Pain

"Becky Shaw": SF Playhouse Finds Pleasure in Soapy Pain

Becky Shaw, a regional premiere now at SF Playhouse, is like a two-hour greatest hits album ... for a soap opera. Have a favorite cliché of the genre? You'll probably find it somewhere in Gina Gionfriddo's careening script. There's a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Seducing Charlie Barker</i>'s Amy Glazer Talks About Meaninglessness, Media, and Women in Film

Seducing Charlie Barker's Amy Glazer Talks About Meaninglessness, Media, and Women in Film

Amy Glazer, a theater and film professor at San Jose State University, has directed plays for Bay Area theaters including the Magic Theatre, Traveling Jewish Theatre, SF Playhouse and Marin Theatre Company. She has also made films based on plays…
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Culture, Stagecap

The Model Apartment

Comedy may be tragedy plus time, but sometimes a tragedy is so immense that it can only devolve into savage farce. Donald Margulies' The Model Apartment, currently playing at Traveling Jewish Theatre, considers the limits of comedy by focusing on…
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Shining City

A conventional ghost story would've been far less unsettling. Over the course of a few loosely plotted scenes, Shining City offers frightening insight into people haunted, both literally and figuratively, by varying combinations of ghosts, guilt, loneliness, and dread. The…
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Culture, Stage

Spinning Into Butter

Local audiences are bound to be offended by Rebecca Gilman's Spinning Into Butter -- and if they're not, they're missing the point. An exploration of racism at its volcanic core, Gilman's inflammatory play pulls no punches when it comes to…
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The American in Me

Jeannie (Bethanny Alexander), who's been trying for more than a year to have a baby, doesn't want to be a nail in her company's teamworking bridge. But when, at a company motivational seminar, she re-evaluates her self-quiz and rushes off…
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Culture, Stage A House Divided

A House Divided

Shaw liked to say the strongest marriages were business arrangements, partly because his was. But in Candida, he split his own personality in two -- Morrell the bombastic preacher vs. Marchbanks the romantic poet -- to see how the halves…
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