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Culture, Stage Nickled and Dimed: A Classic Play About a Conniving Junk-Store Owner Finds New Footing

Nickled and Dimed: A Classic Play About a Conniving Junk-Store Owner Finds New Footing

Profane poetry and the art — or lack thereof — of the superior swindle are playwright David Mamet's domain. Whether you judge the Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago native fearless or faulty, Mamet's ear for the rhythm and texture of lowlife American…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist David Mamet's "American Buffalo": Gambling, the Big Con, and Sales

David Mamet's "American Buffalo": Gambling, the Big Con, and Sales

To get ready to direct David Mamet's "American Buffalo" at the Aurora Theatre Company, Barbara Damashek watched the HBO series The Wire, which is about the breakdown of social systems in Baltimore. "It's about the underside of our culture,…
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Culture, Stage "Race": Mamet Seizes the Issues, Loses the Drama

"Race": Mamet Seizes the Issues, Loses the Drama

If Race showcases any of playwright David Mamet's virtues, it's prescience. The play, which premiered in 2009 and is now running at ACT, follows a familiar-sounding story. Charles (Kevin O'Rourke), a rich and powerful white guy, seeks the aid of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Catching Up

Catching Up

Enjoying its Bay Area premiere, David Mamet’s new comedy Race portrays attorneys prepping their defense of a white man accused of assaulting a black woman. Although Mamet couldn’t have foreseen the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, this timely, provocative work addresses…
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Now Playing

"Abigail: The Salem Witch Trials – The Rock Opera": Starting Aug. 18. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 27. $15-$20. www.abigailtherockopera.com. Light Rail Studios, 672 Toland (at Bay Shore), 285-0259. American Buffalo: Performance of David Mamet play. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.…
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Now Playing

American Buffalo: Performance of David Mamet play. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 27. $26-$38. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 855 Bush (at Taylor), 345-1287. Assisted Living: The Musical: A musical comedy about getting old. Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Aug. 14.…
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Culture, Encore

Now Playing

American Buffalo: Performance of David Mamet play. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 27. $26-$38. Actors Theatre San Francisco, 855 Bush (at Taylor), 345-1287. Assisted Living: The Musical: A musical comedy about getting old. Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Aug. 14.…
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Culture, Stage "What We're Up Against" and "Collapse": Unlikely Comedies

"What We're Up Against" and "Collapse": Unlikely Comedies

History may be a fiction, but it's a sustainable fiction." Nobody talks like that in corporate America — they're all too busy figuring out how to include words like "leverage" and "scalability" in their PowerPoint slides. Even at so-called "creative"…
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News, Feature Magic Act

Magic Act

The Magic Theatre takes its name from a famous location in Herman Hesse's novel Steppenwolf: "Anarchist Evening at the Magic Theatre, for Madmen Only, Price of Admission Your Mind." For a while following its inception in 1967, San Francisco's new…
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Film, Mamet's new film, <i>Redbelt</i>, showing at the SF International Film Fest

Mamet's new film, Redbelt, showing at the SF International Film Fest

David Mamet's Redbelt is a tricky bar brawl — call it Roundhouse of Games. The writer-director has scarcely abandoned his sense of the movies as an innately duplicitous medium, one best suited to stories that play out as conspiratorial chess…
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Calendar, Night&Day Prim, Proper, Gay

Prim, Proper, Gay

The term itself is funny: Boston Marriage is code for "lady homosexuals," and it dates from the 19th century. Those who wish gayness didn't exist tend to stress that the term "may" mean two women living independently "of any male…
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Culture, Stagecap

Speed-the-Plow

There's a growing collection of behind-the-scenes Hollywood plays involving coke-addled Tinseltown assholes stomping on good people in their single-minded quests to make celluloid drivel. Speed-the-Plow falls squarely into that category, but David Mamet's writing and Loretta Greco's direction elevates it…
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Calendar, Night&Day Plowed Under

Plowed Under

David Mamet is extolled for his raffish work, which typically encompasses elaborate cons, beleaguered masculinity, and canny dissections of greed and corporate culture: His play Speed-the-Plow employs the same rapid-fire dialogue and coarse candor that have made his career. Considering…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Pause & Rewind

Pause & Rewind

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (Warner Bros.) — It's the collector's-set briefcase that seals the deal, a gunmetal-gray case that all but shouts "Completist dork!" Also: There's damned near every single version imaginable, plus a making-of doc almost as essential…
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Culture, Encore

Encore

Emma. On the surface, composer/lyricist Paul Gordon's vivacious new musical adaptation of Jane Austen's 1816 novel about a spoiled heiress' comically disastrous attempts to meddle in the romantic lives of others is a lovely, sugar-dusted confection. The frosted pastel hues…
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Our critics weigh in on local theater

Glengarry Glen Ross. Who'd ever think the inside world of a small real estate office would contain such colorful dialogue as: "Ever take a dump that makes you feel you slept for 12 hours?" Leave it to David Mamet to…
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Also Playing

Eavesdropper. It's easy to identify with the young man who finds himself trapped in a bathtub for the entire duration of S. Lamar Jordan's play. On the run from the cops (though the reason for his flight is never quite…
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Also Playing

Eavesdropper. It's easy to identify with the young man who finds himself trapped in a bathtub for the entire duration of S. Lamar Jordan's play. On the run from the cops (though the reason for his flight is never quite…
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Culture, Stagecap

Glengarry Glen Ross

Who'd ever think the inside world of a small real estate office would contain such colorful dialogue as: "Ever take a dump that makes you feel you slept for 12 hours?" Leave it to David Mamet to transform the seemingly…
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Culture, Stagecap

All in the Timing

Playwright David Ives' much-celebrated and often-performed collection of quirky, comedic short plays gets a mixed production at Actors Ensemble of Berkeley. When it's firing on all cylinders, this show is a delight to behold. In "The Universal Language," Lia Fischer…
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