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Jack Goes Boating

It takes a while for this romantic comedy to fully draw you into its oddball world of reggae music, hookah smoking, and swimming lessons, yet from the start there is something sweet and lovely about the budding relationship between Jack…
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Dance Theater Jail piece '51802' Makes Audience Its Bitch

In her 2005 dance theater piece, One Window, creator/choreographer Erika Chong Shuch explored the positive side of confinement — how limitations can often be empowering, freeing even. Her latest, equally charismatic production takes the opposing view of incarceration in examining…
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Culture, Stage Only Connect

Only Connect

For almost half a century, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence research movement has spent millions of dollars and at least as many hours ransacking the night sky in search of aliens. Given that the Milky Way is 100,000 light-years across…
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Culture, Stage Don't Fence Me In

Don't Fence Me In

Confinement is one of the most common themes for artistic exploration -- and one of the darkest. Over the centuries, artists have demonstrated an unmitigated horror of entrapment in works as diverse as Euripides' The Trojan Women, Messiaen's Quartet for…
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Culture, Stage Geisha Fixation

Geisha Fixation

Pity, oh pity, the straight white male. From Shakespeare's lust-coddled Marc Antony to Miller's has-been Willy Loman, the King of the Jungle is frequently reduced to a mewing kitten on the stage, even by dramatists who share his demographic profile.…
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Fist of Roses

Philip Kan Gotanda's new play is the latest and most abstract entry in the race for good "documentary theater," à la The Laramie Project. The playwright interviewed people in women's shelters, jails, and "violence re-education" programs to study why some…
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Sacrament!

Yes, Dave Eggers has written a play, too. Get over it. Even better: See it, and come out saying, "Oh yeah, I like Eggers." In collaboration with Campo Santo and director Kent Nicholson, the writer seems reinvigorated by the immediacy…
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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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Culture, Stage Getaway

Getaway

The brief, savage life of Joe Or-ton ended in 1967, when his boyfriend bashed in his skull with a hammer. But Orton was still one of the representative men of the '60s. Flamboyant, pissed off, self-contradictory, wild: He rose and…
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Culture, Stage Game Theory

Game Theory

Milan Kundera has a famous theory of the novel that imagines its history as an evolutionary tree, with important books like Ulysses at the cruxes of major branching trends, and other books, like Tristram Shandy, at the start of little…
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