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Culture, Stage The Grand Reprise: Fall Theater Is Off to an Exceptional Start with Two Astonishing Returns

The Grand Reprise: Fall Theater Is Off to an Exceptional Start with Two Astonishing Returns

When San Francisco Playhouse created its Sandbox Series in 2009, the idea was to develop risky and, in some cases, unpolished plays through rehearsals, workshops, and a bare-bones production, thereby making those plays ready for the main stage season. Five…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Show Boat": A Story About Race, Class, and Gambling, Gets the Operatic Treatment

"Show Boat": A Story About Race, Class, and Gambling, Gets the Operatic Treatment

Not all the subscribers to the San Francisco Opera were thrilled when the announcement came that "Show Boat," the 1927 musical based on Edna Ferber's novel, would lead off the summer season, says David Gockley, the general director of…
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Culture, Stage "Endgame" and "Play": Just Like Being Stuck in a Room

"Endgame" and "Play": Just Like Being Stuck in a Room

In this town, it's heresy not to love Bill Irwin. The renowned clown and Tony Award-winning actor got his start in the Bay Area, where he was a founding member of the now legendary Pickle Family Circus. Each time he…
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Calendar, Night&Day Geezus Loves You

Geezus Loves You

Geoff Hoyle is a clown. No, really! He's actually one of the country's best clowns, having studied his art with Bill Irwin, created a role in The Lion King on Broadway, and performed with Cirque du Soleil. Now he's getting…
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Culture, Stagecap

Cirque du Soleil's Kooza is its best show in years

The last few Cirque du Soleil touring shows (Dralion, Varekai, Corteo) were so slick and so mass-marketed to general audiences that the action under the blue and yellow tent had become ho-hum. The company had strayed from circus' roots of…
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News, Feature Beyond Bozo

Beyond Bozo

Bozo the Clown packed it in this summer, but for today's working and aspiring clowns, the response was relief rather than sadness. In the heyday of Bozoism decades ago, nearly 200 TV stations across the country broadcast local versions of…
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Culture, Stage Texts for Mothing

Texts for Mothing

Vladimir Nabokov ends his novel Bend Sinister with a pun, "mothing," that flustered at least one copy editor. His introduction to a late edition of the book insists the word "is not a misprint. ... Krug , in a…
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Culture, Stage

Stage

Government Work An American Daughter. By Wendy Wasserstein. Directed by Amy Glazer. Starring Stephanie Dunnam, Judyann Elders, Carl Weintraub, and Steven Marvel. Presented by the TheatreWorks at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Castro & Mercy, Mountain View,…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night + Day

Wednesday September 9 Send in the Clowns Bluegrass band the Red Clay Ramblers play it straight, so to speak, as professional clowns Bill Irwin and David Shiner ham it up in the comedy show Fool Moon. The American Conservatory Theater…
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