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Culture, Stage "The Sunset Limited": Cormac McCarthy brings a welcome chill to SF Playhouse

"The Sunset Limited": Cormac McCarthy brings a welcome chill to SF Playhouse

Some novelists seem like natural-born playwrights. At first glance, Cormac McCarthy wouldn't appear to be among them. He writes first-rate dialogue in novels like Blood Meridian and No Country for Old Men, but nobody reads him for the dialogue. The…
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Private Jokes, Public Places

Until the final moments of this satirical skewering of the elite architectural world, playwright Oren Safdie has his characters and his language right on the money. Primed with the inside knowledge that comes from being the son of famous architect…
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Charles Mee has mastered a playwriting formula all his own that mixes farce, theories of love, and the ancient Greeks. Wintertime throws in an homage to Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale for good measure, but still manages not to be profound.…
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Culture, Stage Bringing the War Home

Bringing the War Home

Quick: Name an ambitious three-hour play being staged now in Berkeley that opens in a dowdy English living room, but also deals with war in a distant, arid part of the world? I mean besides Homebody/Kabul. And remember, the desire…
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Culture, Stage Modern Love

Modern Love

The Philanderer at the Aurora gets off to a rocky start. The opening scene, with Leonard Charteris and Grace Tranfield on a sofa, "making love," in Shaw's dated expression (which seems to mean talking sentimental nonsense and maybe kissing a…
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