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News, Your Humble Narrator Naturalistic Performances: Amorous Dogs at the Ballet Call into Question the Very Nature of Art

Naturalistic Performances: Amorous Dogs at the Ballet Call into Question the Very Nature of Art

Merry peasants, decked out in costumes reminiscent of German theme restaurant servers, were doing merry peasant things. The set was opulent. The staging was superb. In the distance, a horn sounded. "The hunting party arrives," explain the liner notes to…
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Culture, Stage Amy Freed's comedy is far from spectacular in <i>You, Nero</i>

Amy Freed's comedy is far from spectacular in You, Nero

Over the years I've been blogging about the arts, I've never been showered with more feedback than I received for a post I wrote about Susan Boyle a few weeks ago. Following the hype surrounding the middle-aged chanteuse's rocketlike ascent…
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Culture, Stage I Think, Ergo I Laugh

I Think, Ergo I Laugh

René Descartes' famous 1637 dictum, "Cogito, ergo sum" — "I think, therefore I am" — towers over Cal Shakes/San Jose Rep's co-production of The Triumph of Love. Etched in gold atop an imposing wrought iron gate at the back of…
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The Pavilion

A play about a 20-year class reunion may sound a bit, well, middle-aged, but Craig Wright shakes the old formulas like a doggy toy. Peter comes to the gathering thinking he might win back his old high school flame, Kari,…
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Culture, Stage <i>Romper Room</i> Romeo

Romper Room Romeo

I owe an apology to Subterranean Shakespeare. When I saw Yoni Barkan's production of Romeo and Juliet last month I was so put off by the concept -- Capulets and Montagues as Nazis and Jews -- I didn't even bother…
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Christmas in Drag Bill and Chuck and Scrooge. By Danny Scheie. Directed by Scheie. Starring Scheie, Liam Vincent, and Richard Ciccarone. At the Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd Street), through Dec. 20. Call 826-5750. With the bitchy jolt of gay…
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Street Level Monster Trucks. Choreographed and performed by Steamroller. Costumes by Donovan Thompson. Music by James Finnerty. At various parking lots in S.F. throughout the month of June. Call 775-4604. "If you say, 'I'm going to a modern dance concert,'…
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Time's Trials Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. Written and directed by Moises Kaufman. Starring Michael Emerson, Joey Collins, Michael Santo, and Michael Fitzpatrick. At Theater on the Square, 450 Post (at Powell), through Feb. 15. Call 433-9500.…
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Fast Times in Rural Kansas

A wonderful thing happens when the cast of Marin Theater Company's Picnic (directed by Danny Scheie) settles down and stops making the text sound like cartoonish commentary on the '50s: William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play comes to life, and instead…
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Aisle Seat

Picnicking in Marin I've never thought of Danny Scheie as a realistic theater kind o' guy. After all, he's the director who did the gender-bending Shakespeare in Santa Cruz, as well as the all-male-cast version of The Desk Set at…
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