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Calendar, Night&Day Burning Desires

Burning Desires

Michael Xavier knows you’ve heard the story of the Salem Witch Trials before, and that you might even remember Abigail Williams, the young girl who first cried “witch.” Something about this story is so resonant, Xavier says, “people seem to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Arts and Labor

Arts and Labor

Dorothea Lange is perhaps most famous for a single photograph she took in 1936. In it a mother turns her weary gaze away from the camera, while two of her children bury their faces against her shoulders. In one fell…
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Culture, Stage "Salomania": Hunting Witches and Having It All

"Salomania": Hunting Witches and Having It All

Let's play a game. Try to forget the name of the play printed right above this review and then see what you would make of these hints about what's playing at the Aurora right now. It involves: 1.) A secret…
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Culture, Stagecap

Theater Review: "All My Sons" at Actors Theatre

Arthur Miller's 1947 breakthrough play was a sort of proto–Law and Order episode. It was ripped from the headlines and elaborated into an existentially suspenseful and socially critical whodunit, complete with riveting last-act confession, subsequent emotional wallop, and sudden final…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

Now and at the Hour. Calling it just a "magic show" doesn't seem quite right. Christian Cagigal's Now and at the Hour is part sleight of hand, part personal revelation, and part straight-up creepiness. Some magicians look and behave as…
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Culture, Stagecap

A View from the Bridge

A View from the Bridge is the most Greek of Arthur Miller's tragedies, featuring an intractable hero (Richard Harder) whose hubris lies in the delusion that his house is his castle — a delusion that leads only to jealousy, betrayal,…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

BATS: Sunday Players: Each week Bay Area Theatresports players pit their improv work against all comers as the audience votes them off one by one until the winner stands alone on the stage. Sundays, 7 p.m., $5-$8, www.improv.org. Bayfront Theater,…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Wonder</i> Full

Wonder Full

The protagonist of the Joe Goode Performance Group’s latest piece is a puppet. Our first reaction was … yikes. How does a dance/theater troupe get at the heart of what it is to be human using a main character who…
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Culture, Stage Rebirth of a Classic

Rebirth of a Classic

It took an obscure article about a Yiddish-language production of Death of a Salesman written more than half a century ago in a niche publication to draw Traveling Jewish Theatre to the classics. "What one feels most strikingly is that…
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Culture, Stage Risky Business

Risky Business

Plays can be dangerous, but I've always considered the buildings in which they're performed to be relatively safe places to spend a few hours. At least, that was true until a couple of weeks ago, when I read about the…
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Culture, Stagecap

Supertrain

The Un-Scripted Theater Company has an enthusiastic and impressive business model: Performing together since 2002, the troupe has hit every festival, venue, and host that would have it (even the Red Cross), offers a full gamut of classes (such as…
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Culture, Encore Our critics weigh in on local theater

Our critics weigh in on local theater

The Crucible. Set during the Salem witch hunts of 1692, Arthur Miller's The Crucible (1953) depicts the downward slide of a small Massachusetts community from relative normality to mass hysteria. Miller's ghoulish and brilliant drama is commonly read as an…
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Culture, Encore Our critics weigh in on local theater

Our critics weigh in on local theater

The Crucible. Set during the Salem witch hunts of 1692, Arthur Miller's The Crucible (1953) depicts the downward slide of a small Massachusetts community from relative normality to mass hysteria. Miller's ghoulish and brilliant drama is commonly read as…
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Culture, Stage

The Crucible

Set during the Salem witch hunts of 1692, Arthur Miller's The Crucible (1953) depicts the downward slide of a small Massachusetts community from relative normality to mass hysteria. Miller's ghoulish and brilliant drama is commonly read as an indictment of…
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Culture, Stage

A pithy, poignant family drama about delusion and self-destruction

Everything comes at a price, and few plays in the American theatrical canon demonstrate this truism more eloquently than Arthur Miller's The Price. Set in 1968 in the midst of the Vietnam War, the pithy-poignant family drama examines the ways…
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Film, Rose in Bloom

Rose in Bloom

When the great playwright Arthur Miller died in February, many admirers took stock again of his most enduring creation, Willy Loman. A delusional idealist who finds himself failed and felled by the American dream, the tragic hero of Death of…
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Music, Reviewed Pedro the Lion

Pedro the Lion

The cast of Pedro the Lion's latest seems lifted from a lost Arthur Miller tragedy. There are gambling-addict husbands, faithless lovers, and joyless amputees by the dozen. It's a dour crew, all brought to life through David Bazan's just-secular-enough-to-sell coo…
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Film, Full Speed Ahead

Full Speed Ahead

Each of the beautifully made vignettes that comprise Rebecca Miller's Personal Velocity glimpses a young woman caught at a crossroads, faced with an important decision, and about to experience one of those rare dilations of vision that can change an…
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Culture, Stage

Church and State

The Archbishop's Ceiling is a companion piece to Up Your Ass -- both running now at George Coates Performance Works -- and if you're wondering what a stolid Arthur Miller play about writers in Cold-War Russia has to do with…
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Culture, Stage Stage Capsules

Stage Capsules

The Glass Menagerie Probably the last thing the world needs is another production of The Glass Menagerie. Yet the Aurora Theater Company manages to dust off (though not redeem) the clunky symbolism of the play with some great acting and…
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