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Culture, The Exhibitionist Real-Life Father and Son Play Father and Son in <i>Life Is a Dream</i>

Real-Life Father and Son Play Father and Son in Life Is a Dream

Actor David Sinaiko has a lot of reasons to be excited to be playing Basilio in Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s Life is a Dream. But for him, best of all is to play the father of Segismundo, played…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Astounding Antigonick at Berkeley's Shotgun Players

Astounding Antigonick at Berkeley's Shotgun Players

No curtain hides the long, curved lick of bare wood that forms the set of the Shotgun Players’ production of Antigonick. Made of light, long planks, it swerves from the floor up to the top of the theater like…
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Calendar, Night&Day Elf You!

Elf You!

The holidays are busy and stressful times, and we often take for granted the real people responsible for making the holidays happen: those in the service or retail industry. We brush past their feeble attempts to sample us expensive perfumes…
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Calendar, Night&Day Department Store Depression

Department Store Depression

A 33-year-old man applies for a job as an elf at Macy’s for the holidays. He gets the job and becomes “Crumpet.” Into his diary he logs the lowlights of his eight-hour shifts: 22,000 daily visitors, multiple accidents on Santa’s…
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Calendar, Night&Day Elfin Magic

Elfin Magic

Before comedic scribe David Sedaris engulfed himself in metaphoric, self-deprecating flames and became a cult hero, he wrote an essay that speaks to the jaded feelings of those who walk the tinseled streets of the modern-day December. Santaland Diaries is…
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Culture, Stage In <i>Krapp's Last Tape</i>, an old writer listens to his younger self

In Krapp's Last Tape, an old writer listens to his younger self

Alongside the deadly crime of uttering the word "Macbeth" within earshot of any actor, director, or stage manager involved in staging the legendarily cursed Scottish Play, external noise might be the contemporary theater scene's last taboo. Performers have been known…
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Calendar, Night&Day Merry Fucking Christmas

Merry Fucking Christmas

San Francisco delights in the observation of anti-holidays -- the burning of love letters on Valentine’s Day, the allocution of Native American maltreatment on Thanksgiving, and, most especially and gleefully, the abject humiliation of Crumpet the Elf at Christmastime. Since…
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David Sedaris: Grinch?

Forget the nutcrackers, the miracles on 42nd Street, and other seasonal boilerplates. Instead, celebrate some good old-fashioned holiday angst. David Sedaris's The SantaLand Diaries and Season's Greetings dispense with the Christmas niceties and hit a little closer to home, commenting…
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