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Culture, The Exhibitionist Lisa D'Amour's Detroit Is Where We Live and What We Are

Lisa D'Amour's Detroit Is Where We Live and What We Are

The play is called Detroit, but the space of the action is as surreal as the Astroturf that furs the floor of the stage in a uniform green. In the Aurora Theatre Company’s production of Lisa D’Amour’s 2010 Pulitzer-finalist…
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Culture, Stage "What We're Up Against" and "Collapse": Unlikely Comedies

"What We're Up Against" and "Collapse": Unlikely Comedies

History may be a fiction, but it's a sustainable fiction." Nobody talks like that in corporate America — they're all too busy figuring out how to include words like "leverage" and "scalability" in their PowerPoint slides. Even at so-called "creative"…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

Safe House. Conceived as a low-cost showcase for developing new work, the new Sandbox series at SF Playhouse is a sort of midway point between staged readings and full-blown productions. It's an ideal venue to bring out local playwright Geetha…
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Culture, Stagecap

Safe House

Conceived as a low-cost showcase for developing new work, the new Sandbox series at SF Playhouse is a sort of midway point between staged readings and full-blown productions. It's an ideal venue to bring out local playwright Geetha Reddy's 90-minute…
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Culture, Stage <i>She Stoops to Comedy</i> doesn&#146;t quite emerge from the shadow of its source material

She Stoops to Comedy doesn’t quite emerge from the shadow of its source material

The problem with reimagining Shakespeare is that his imagination usually stays a few steps ahead of yours. Just in the past few months, I've seen Twelfth Night rewritten as an erotic melodrama in verse and The Tempest repositioned as a…
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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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Culture, Stage

"The Old Neighborhood"

David Mamet wrote this triptych of short plays about his own Jewish neighborhood early in his career, then revised them in 1997. The plays are more autobiographical than his best work -- Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo -- so they…
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Culture, Stage

Darwin's Finches

Claire Chafee's new play deals with a lesbian professor of literary theory, her French fling, and a strange entanglement among people in the rest of her family that happens while she's in Paris. It's subtitled "a romantic comedy for the…
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Culture, Stage Blood on  the Prairie

Blood on the Prairie

Before The Laramie Project came to Berkeley, Leigh Fondakowski premiered a similar play in San Francisco called I Think I Like Girls, which was also documentary theater. "For some reason," I wrote at the time (Feb. 14), "this real-interview style…
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Culture, Stage

I Think I Like Girls

This play about lesbianism, like The Vagina Monologues and Another American: Asking and Telling, is based on actual interviews. Leigh Fondakowski, the playwright, talked to something like 77 women about sexual alienation and coming out, and five young actors from…
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