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Culture, Stage Heartbreak of Regularness: Neil LaBute Spreads the Pain

Heartbreak of Regularness: Neil LaBute Spreads the Pain

Reasons to Be Pretty, which opens this weekend at San Francisco Playhouse, is written by a man and follows a male character, yet its subject is womanhood, at least as our society defines it: how a woman's beauty is perceived,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>The Understudy</i> Reveals Theater World's Tension, Angst -- and Humor

The Understudy Reveals Theater World's Tension, Angst -- and Humor

At times, The Understudy suffers from the cutesy, pandering quality that occurs in "theater about theater" these days. For every joke about why anyone would want to steal someone else's Actor's Equity card or the stoner who's always up in…
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Culture, Stage "Othello": Marin Theatre Company Presents the Best Worst Bad Guy

"Othello": Marin Theatre Company Presents the Best Worst Bad Guy

While he comes closer to pure evil than anyone else in Shakespeare, the villain in Othello is often called within the play itself "honest Iago." Even as he's trapping all the other characters, dooming them to die in his revenge…
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The Shape of Things

Every now and then the Aurora Theatre puts on a play that seems young and harsh (compared to its sumptuous productions of Shaw) and features Danny Wolohan. Tough! was like that -- a show about teenagers in a needle-littered park,…
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