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Calendar, Night&Day Embracing the Dysfunction

Embracing the Dysfunction

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955) is probably the best play Williams wrote in the '50s. The play is a little overcooked, even by Williams' standards, but in the right hands it can be a galvanizing drama about family…
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Culture, Stage "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof": Taking Tennessee Williams in two very different directions

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof": Taking Tennessee Williams in two very different directions

Tennessee Williams' big break was The Glass Menagerie (1944), followed by A Streetcar Named Desire (1947). His career went steadily downhill from there — a fitting state of affairs for a man whose writing betrayed an ongoing obsession with desperation…
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Culture, Stagecap

Buried Child muffled by flawed sound design

Sam Shepard's Buried Child — which premiered at San Francisco's Magic Theatre in 1978 and won a Pulitzer the following year — begins as a Midwestern Gothic nightmare and ends with the rebirth of the heartland. In between, it tells…
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Culture, Stage

Popping the Cherry

This new play by local writer Karen Macklin – who contributes to SF Weekly – follows two adult sisters in New York, victims of an abusive childhood. Lucy is a runaway who drops in suddenly on her sister Margo, a…
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Culture, Stage

The Beginning of August

Tom Donaghy's witty suburban play starts promisingly enough; it's about a man coming apart at the seams after his wife abandons him with a newborn daughter to care for. Jackie, the man, still has a high-powered job, and he can't…
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Culture, Stage

Snake in Fridge

The lights come up on a runty, tattooed club kid viciously knifing his hardwood floor in a high-strung mantra designed to wake up his seemingly dead snake. The catatonic reptile's lack of response gets it tossed in the refrigerator --…
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