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Culture, Stage Nickled and Dimed: A Classic Play About a Conniving Junk-Store Owner Finds New Footing

Nickled and Dimed: A Classic Play About a Conniving Junk-Store Owner Finds New Footing

Profane poetry and the art — or lack thereof — of the superior swindle are playwright David Mamet's domain. Whether you judge the Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago native fearless or faulty, Mamet's ear for the rhythm and texture of lowlife American…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist David Mamet's "American Buffalo": Gambling, the Big Con, and Sales

David Mamet's "American Buffalo": Gambling, the Big Con, and Sales

To get ready to direct David Mamet's "American Buffalo" at the Aurora Theatre Company, Barbara Damashek watched the HBO series The Wire, which is about the breakdown of social systems in Baltimore. "It's about the underside of our culture,…
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Rhinoceros

In Ionesco's absurdist classic, giant rhinoceroses invade a small French town, disrupting the petty philosophizing of a coffee klatch at a local cafe. Dismayed at first by the takeover, the residents soon give way to societal pressure and slowly transform…
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Picks and Pits

Go ahead, stroll casually into the Geary Theater, where American Conservatory Theater's rewarding production of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard (directed by Barbara Damashek) has just opened, and try remaining indifferent to set designer Kate Edmunds' bold and provocative vision of…
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