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Culture, The Exhibitionist Anna Deavere Smith, Star of Stage and Screen, Offers a Workshop to Free Your Imagination

Anna Deavere Smith, Star of Stage and Screen, Offers a Workshop to Free Your Imagination

"If I asked you to tell in 10 words what your story was, you'd pick the most crucial thing," says acting teacher Anna Deavere Smith. "Then let's say 'father' was one of those words, and a jazz musician asked…
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Calendar, Night&Day Letters From Grace

Letters From Grace

Television viewers might recognize Anna Deavere Smith from her roles on The West Wing and Nurse Jackie but, in the world of theater, the documentary performances of this MacArthur Fellow are considered nothing short of genius. Tackling controversial topics,…
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More Theater Reviews

Let Me Down Easy. Anna Deavere Smith is a revelation on the Berkeley Rep stage. She's an accomplished actress with lead roles in West Wing and Nurse Jackie, and profoundly skilled storyteller and mimic. She spent a decade interviewing hundreds…
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"Let Me Down Easy": Theater Review

Anna Deavere Smith is a revelation on the Berkeley Rep stage. She's an accomplished actress with lead roles in West Wing and Nurse Jackie, and profoundly skilled storyteller and mimic. She spent a decade interviewing hundreds of people (a rodeo…
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Calendar, Night&Day Seeing Life on the Road to Death

Seeing Life on the Road to Death

Anna Deavere Smith is a revelation in Let Me Down Easy. She’s an accomplished actress with lead roles in West Wing and Nurse Jackie, and profoundly skilled storyteller and mimic. She spent a decade interviewing hundreds of people (a rodeo…
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Calendar, Night&Day Play Right

Play Right

The annual Bay Area Playwright's Festival has nurtured some theatrical heavy-hitters since it was founded by director Robert Woodruff 30 years ago, including Sam Shepard, Mac Wellman, and Anna Deavere Smith. Festival alumni have gone on to win every major…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

Bricktop. Calvin A. Ramsey and Thomas W. Jones II's musical follows the extraordinary career of Ada "Bricktop" Smith (1894-1984), one of American cabaret's most luminous divas. So named for her flaming red tresses, Smith is remembered today for the string…
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Culture, Stage Slick

Slick

Solo shows fall into three basic categories: the autobiographical (in which the performer tells his own story), the biographical (in which the performer portrays another person — usually someone famous), and what I'll call the multi-biographical (in which the performer…
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Hairstory

I half expected Theatre Rhino's season opener to be an updated or revisited version of that cool, hippied-out Broadway musical from the 1960s about a group of young people coming of age in an era of war and rebellion. But…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Art of Interviewing

The Art of Interviewing

The line between fact and fiction is as thin as that between love and hate. For playwright and director Leigh Fondakowski, that literary line is also a vital, underutilized artistic tool. As a member of New York City's Tectonic Theater…
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Night + Day

Wednesday January 27 Deco Dance Romain de Tirtoff's ladies were lovely, long-stemmed beauties, dramatically accessorized with ropes of pearls, matching greyhounds, ostrich fans, and sumptuous wraps trailing languorously behind them. Tirtoff is the Russian-born painter better known as Erte, the…
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Pussy Whipped

Banjy Pussy Raging Written and performed by Idris Mignott. At Josie's Cabaret & Juice Joint, 3583 16th St., through Dec. 8. Call 861-7933. The particular gift of solo performance -- besides the astonishing flexibility of the form -- is the…
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Aisle Seat

Out of the High School and Onto the Stage A poet can write in a garret. A singer can croon a cappella. But a playwright can't know what works without actors and an audience, especially an audience. Magic Theater's Young…
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Aisle Seat

Where Hope Is As part of my exploration of local theaters' outreach to young audiences, I attended a teacher training session at Berkeley Repertory's Theater Educates and Motivates program, presented in conjunction with Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.…
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The Dusk of Civilization

"Open your eyes. Watch what's going on," suggests Elvira Evers, as the first act of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 draws to a close. She's a "general worker and cashier," one of some three dozen real-life characters whose stories create this…
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Night+Day

Dance He gave American dance a gutsy, theatrical dimension. Alvin Ailey's visceral choreography, coupled with his spiritual, often mythical themes, challenged performers and nondancing collaborators alike. Now, in tribute to the late founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater,…
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