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Day 19. There's a shroud of mystery around performances of Day 19. There's no phone number to get tickets, only an e-mail address for a gentleman from Poland. The Web site for the Scrap and Salvage theater company profiles the…
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Gone

When all the theatrical elements come together, Crowded Fire's production of Charles L. Mee's jagged riff on the state of human nature is truly something to behold. Jarrod Fischer's lighting, Rod Hipskind's set, Cliff Caruthers' sound, and Marissa Wolf's directing…
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Big Love. If Aeschylus and Karen O. had a baby, it might look something like FoolsFury's latest production. Charles Mee's fascinating text collage steals liberally from the old Greek's play The Suppliant Women, The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon (from…
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Big Love

If Aeschylus and Karen O. had a baby, it might look something like FoolsFury's latest production. Charles Mee's fascinating text collage steals liberally from the old Greek's play The Suppliant Women, The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon (from Japan in…
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Encore

Caroline, or Change. Tony Kushner's Caroline, or Change, with music by Jeanine Tesori, which came to San Francisco with much of the original Broadway cast intact, isn't your typical musical. At no point does the central character, Caroline Thibodeaux (Tonya…
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Fêtes de la Nuit

One of the biggest theatrical hits in Paris last year was a comédie-musicale called Zapping! that, with its relentlessly chirpy medley, lovingly regurgitated many of the French's favorite bits of American pop culture from Grease to Gene Kelly. Berkeley Rep's…
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Disappear Here

THURS 2/3 The Kafka-esque scenario of Indigo Don't Vote, a dark staged comedy written by Andrew Ward and Gabriel Goldstein, is eerily similar to Steven Spielberg's film The Terminal: Each work includes a Third World country that has ceased to…
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Wintertime

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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Love and War

Charles Mee's plays are so eclectic and cheerfully bizarre that they begin to blur together. Summertime was about falling in love; it featured rants by a murderous pizza-delivery boy as well as a bikini-clad mother who broke into songs about…
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Love, Love, Love

Gore Vidal proposed in 1959 that love "be adopted as the American theater's official anthem. Just name your problem, sit back and let love solve it: race prejudice, foreign relations -- even Job reeling beneath the unkind attentions of a…
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Mediterranean Spring

When Tony Taccone spoke last week at the ribbon-cutting for his company's new auditorium -- the Berkeley Rep's expensive Roda Theater -- he complained, briefly, about all the journalists who keep asking why he picked the Oresteia for its inaugural…
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Sunshiney Day

Charles Mee's new play, as the title implies, is happy. Charles Mee himself, in fact, is happy. He fell in love a few years ago and his playwriting has been optimistic and cheerful ever since. So it should be no…
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Summer of Love

As director Ken Watt describes it, Summertime comes off like "free-flowing jazz riffs on love and passion," although it's the messy, inconsistent passion of ordinary relationships rather than the epic romance of the movies. As he did in previous works…
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