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Culture, The Exhibitionist Boys to Men in <i>Master Harold</i> at the Aurora

Boys to Men in Master Harold at the Aurora

Enacted in 1950, The Population Registration Act in South Africa classified its citizens by their race. It was the legislative foundation on which apartheid — the policy of racial segregation — was officially built. It’s not a coincidence that…
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Culture, Stage <i>Future Me</i>, a play about pedophiles, not as funny as it could have been

Future Me, a play about pedophiles, not as funny as it could have been

There used to be a time when writers of dramas about Big Issues could get away with seeing the world in two colors: black and white. That's not to say that more complex viewpoints didn't exist in plays dealing with…
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The Road to Mecca

In the middle of the desolate South African karroo wilderness, the widowed Miss Helen tirelessly builds her "Mecca." Far from being a hallowed destination for international pilgrimages, the old lady's version of the holy city -- a fantastical construction of…
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"100 Years of Political Theatre, Series B"

Eastenders' rotating festival of one-acts revives political theater from (mostly) the 20th century. "Series B," which alternates with "Series A" and "Series C," consists of '70s-era plays by Athol Fugard and Vaclav Havel. Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality…
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Culture, Stage Barely Alive

Barely Alive

Athol Fugard is one of the reasons I became a theater critic. Getting to see a play by him once in a while -- to balance the lousy shows -- has always struck me as a pretty good deal. Fugard…
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"Master Harold" ... and the boys

When it's done right, Athol Fugard's heartbreaking play about race and power in deep-apartheid South Africa can be one of the most affecting dramas of the last 50 years. (Even when it's not done right, the show may reduce you…
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Boy Master

Athol Fugard's most autobiographical play springs from a quarrel he had as a teenager with a black waiter who worked in his family's South African tea shop. "Can't remember now what precipitated it," he wrote in his journal, but it…
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Culture, Stage The High Road

The High Road

If you're not satisfied with the Berkeley Rep's current prix fixe, richer fare is available several blocks north, for less money, at the Live Oak Theater on Shattuck. Athol Fugard's Road to Mecca (one of my favorite plays) is getting…
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Race Land Valley Song. By Athol Fugard. Directed by Timothy Douglas. Starring Paul Butler and Anika Noni Rose. Presented by Berkeley Rep at the Lorraine Hansberry Theater, 620 Sutter (at Mason), through May 10. Call (510) 845-4700. Athol Fugard is…
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The Agony and the Entropy

Athol Fugard is justly renowned for plays like The Road to Mecca and Playland that helped dismantle his native South Africa's system of apartheid. A Place With the Pigs, a tragicomedy set in the former Soviet Union, seems a departure.…
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Aisle Seat

A Pig's Life A Place With the Pigs (A Personal Parable), by Athol Fugard, goes up this week at Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley. The only Fugard play not set in South Africa, Pigs is nonetheless close to the playwright's…
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