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Calendar, Night&Day The Ensler Monologues

The Ensler Monologues

Eve Ensler is the activist, playwright, and author responsible for worldwide hit The Vagina Monologues as well as the New York Times best-selling book I Am an Emotional Creature, among others. A woman who has spent much of her life…
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Culture, Stage "Emotional Creature": Eve Ensler's World of Girls

"Emotional Creature": Eve Ensler's World of Girls

As Berkeley Rep Artistic Director Tony Taccone has it, playwright Eve Ensler "is dedicated to this almost antiquated notion that theater can change lives." Remarkably, her 1996 play The Vagina Monologues did just that. It launched a campaign called V-Day…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: What a Pretty <i>Pussy</i> You Are

The Sweet Spot: What a Pretty Pussy You Are

"It is not clear in the Bible what Jesus thinks about lesbians, but it is pretty clear that he is okay with prostitutes." That is a rip-roaring line indeed, but writer and performer Maura Halloran already had me at…
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Calendar, Night&Day Listen Up, Girls, Here's the Plan

Listen Up, Girls, Here's the Plan

Foolproof asshole litmus test: Person tries to be dismissive of Eve Ensler. Author, playwright, activist, performance artist, and pain in the right wing's butt Ensler works for the end to violence against women, so anyone who talks shit; you know…
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Calendar, Night&Day She's at It Again

She's at It Again

At last year's Litquake opening event, actress Amber Tamblyn thought she could get some laughs by complaining about Eve Ensler. It didn't go that well. Why not? Well, it turns out nearly everyone loves Eve Ensler. Note to Amber: You…
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Calendar, Night&Day Look, We Didn't Choose the Title

Look, We Didn't Choose the Title

It's going to be tough for us, or for anyone, not to make bad jokes about Big Black Penis: Misadventures in Race and Masculinity. Author Shawn Taylor's main point is that being a black man is complicated – for example,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Giving You Some Lip

Giving You Some Lip

The yoni is sacred in Hindu mythology. In Sanskrit, the word may refer to a vagina, a temple, a divine passage, or the seat of all creation. In India, offerings are left before deep clefts in rock, and temple doors…
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Culture, Stage Our Bodies, Herself

Our Bodies, Herself

When you sit down in a theater, the usual reflex is to flip through your program and learn a little something about the show. I didn't need to do that at Eve Ensler's latest. I've seen Ensler perform The Vagina…
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Calendar, Night&Day Body Manipulation

Body Manipulation

Picture this: A woman sits indoors, looking through an open door at a lake. It is hot outside, and there are beautiful naked people frolicking in the cool water. She wants to join in, and has even borrowed a bathing…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Art of Fact

Art of Fact

WED 3/3 Who knew violence could be so pretty? British painter Margaret Harrison takes a new approach to this difficult subject, coming at it from a global, research-driven, and somewhat detached perspective. Her current exhibit, appropriately titled "Beautiful Ugly Violence,"…
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This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, July 9, 2003 Anyone who attends a screening of What I Want My Words to Do to You: Voices From Inside a Women's Maximum Security Prison and expects leering lesbian matrons and sweaty gang rumbles is in for disappointment…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video…
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Culture, Stage

Hairstory

I half expected Theatre Rhino's season opener to be an updated or revisited version of that cool, hippied-out Broadway musical from the 1960s about a group of young people coming of age in an era of war and rebellion. But…
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Culture, Stage

The Boner Monologues

"You're about to be the 10th audience to hear The Boner Monologues," says Mike Duvall, pink-faced and mischievous, with a bushy white beard and a gravelly voice reminiscent of Tom Waits. "It's payback time at the Mock Cafe." Who else…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Art of Interviewing

The Art of Interviewing

The line between fact and fiction is as thin as that between love and hate. For playwright and director Leigh Fondakowski, that literary line is also a vital, underutilized artistic tool. As a member of New York City's Tectonic Theater…
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Culture, Stage Our Bodies, Ourselves

Our Bodies, Ourselves

In a story published last month in The New Yorker, John Updike gently prods The Vagina Monologues. An annoying Updike character named Georgie tells a woman called Annabelle about "the most amazing production I've seen lately," which "has the rather…
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Night + Day

Wednesday October 14 You Are There Remember the shot of Boris Yeltsin trying to shake a leg with a pair of go-go dancers? How about that photo of the screaming Vietnamese girl fleeing a U.S. napalm attack? Or the one…
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