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Culture, Stage Sketchy: A New Show from a Veteran Performer Doesn't Quite Capture the Full Picture

Sketchy: A New Show from a Veteran Performer Doesn't Quite Capture the Full Picture

In Each and Every Thing, his new solo show at the Marsh, Dan Hoyle lodges complaints that most of us, save the most zealous techies, can't help but share. Digital connections, he laments, thwart real, meaningful ones in myriad ways:…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rabbit’s Run

Rabbit’s Run

Tonight begins nearly a month of thought-provoking performance works from around the world in the San Francisco International Art Festival. The ambition is grand — to establish a forum for the imaginative and a destination for the inquisitive, much like…
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Calendar, Night&Day He'd Die to Be Famous

He'd Die to Be Famous

“What would Jesus tweet?” “Oops, did I just click send?” “I’m going to pretend I didn’t see your nipple-piercing video.” Those lines are from FWD: Life Gone Viral, a play that examines life, death, and the Internet. The idea came…
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Culture, Stage Charlie Varon's visionary <i>Rabbi Sam</i> leaves audiences rapt

Charlie Varon's visionary Rabbi Sam leaves audiences rapt

Several years ago, through a strange sequence of events, Charlie Varon found himself delivering the Yom Kippur sermon at his synagogue in San Francisco. Though lacking any formal rabbinical training, the writer and performer prepared for his debut in the…
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Culture, Stagecap

Marsh Theater's 'Countercoup' Takes Audience to Rehab

Over the past 15 years, the Marsh has developed a very successful system of attracting solo artists or would-be performers to develop their life stories for the stage. With a combination of in-house directors (David Ford and Charlie Varon), classes…
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Culture, Encore Encore

Encore

I Look Like an Egg, But I Identify as a Cookie. In her solo show, Heather Gold recounts the journey from Niagara Falls (where she spent the first 19 years of her life) to her current role as San…
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Culture, Encore Encore

Encore

Not a Genuine Black Man. It's not easy being green, but try being a black kid in San Leandro in the early '70s. When Brian Copeland got there -- just a few months after the Summer of Love, he points…
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Culture, Stage

Rush Limbaugh in Night School

Charlie Varon has revived and revamped his hilarious 1994 solo tour de force, a satire that may owe more than a little to Tom Stoppard's Travesties (see above), about Rush Limbaugh and a cast of mostly still-relevant national figures from…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sex, Drugs, and Going Solo

Sex, Drugs, and Going Solo

The idea of developing, writing, and performing a play alone is enough to give most thespians the heebie-jeebies. But solo performers Frank Wortham and Charlie Varon wouldn't have it any other way -- until now, that is. Great Religions of…
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Culture, Stage The Sol Shank Redemption

The Sol Shank Redemption

Why is Charlie Varon's new solo show called The People's Violin? It's about a neurotic, narcissistic Jew approaching middle age who decides to film a documentary about his famous, respectable, elderly dad, an Elie Wiesel sort of figure known for…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hallowed Ground

Hallowed Ground

What many foodies and bar-hoppers seem to have overlooked in their weekend parades through the Mission are the small performance halls dotting the neighborhood. Emerging dancemakers are toying with form upstairs at Dance Mission and Dancer's Group Studio Theater, while…
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Culture, Stage

Stage

Unsafe at Certain Speeds Ralph Nader Is Missing! By Charlie Varon. Directed by David Dower. Starring Varon, Bobby Weinapple, Stacy Ross, and Carl Magruder. At the Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 21st Street), through June 29. Call 826-5750. It seems like…
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Culture, Stage

Aisle Seat

Rush Redux Don't take food from strangers. Apparently, that's what separates New Yorkers from Californians. After a bazillion weeks of sold-out houses at the Marsh, Charlie Varon's Glickman Award-winning Rush Limbaugh in Night School zipped off to New York --…
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