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Culture, Stage Burning Joan

Burning Joan

Joan of Arc burned as a witch when a church inquisition accused her of heresy in 1431, but her image improved over the next 500 years, until the same church canonized her in 1920. Bernard Shaw wrote Saint Joan shortly…
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Culture, Stage Everything Except Shakespeare

Everything Except Shakespeare

Shakespeare festivals don't always do Shakespeare; maybe they never have. Folded in with summer Tempests and post-structuralist Othellos you find an odd Molière or a silly musical (Enter the Guardsman at Ashland! I mean, come on) that some director finds…
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Culture, Stage

The Weir

In a tiny, rural Irish pub, a small group of locals meets for companionship and to escape the biting wind: Brendan (Allen McKelvey), the youngish pub owner; Jack (W. Francis Walters), a single, middle-aged mechanic who's such a regular that…
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Culture, Stage Witchcraft


Irish writer Emma Donoghue's 1997 book Kissing the Witch, subtitled "Old Tales in New Skins," is a collection of reworked fairy tales in some rather tired feminist lesbian trappings. In tale after tale (13 in all), men are batterers, lunatics,…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Under-appreciated Play From an Obscure Corner of the Continent

This show about a coal-mining family in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, played to capacity crowds of about 35 every night of its run at the matchbox-sized Phoenix II, but the cast had enough talent to fill a major hall. Especially…
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