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Shopping! The Musical. Some theater types want to be Hamlet; others want to be Liza Minnelli. The smiling, hardworking performers in this musical revue definitely fall into the latter category. Lyricist-composer Morris Bobrow uses his infectious, irreverent humor to great…
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Shopping! The Musical. Some theater types want to be Hamlet; others want to be Liza Minnelli. The smiling, hardworking performers in this musical revue definitely fall into the latter category. Lyricist-composer Morris Bobrow uses his infectious, irreverent humor to great…
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Shopping! The Musical. Some theater types want to be Hamlet; others want to be Liza Minnelli. The smiling, hardworking performers in this musical revue definitely fall into the latter category. Lyricist-composer Morris Bobrow uses his infectious, irreverent humor to great…
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The Forest War. Set in an ancient Asiatic fiefdom, playwright-director Mark Jackson's epic story about an essentially virtuous leader whose dalliance with a subordinate leads to a regime change and a crusade (helmed by the bloodthirsty son of a…
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Wash, Rinse, Repeat: The Big Funk

Here's a postmodern, urban fairy tale about the subtle entwining of lovers' neuroses, the comforting and constricting circle of family, and the intoxicating promise of love's redemption. Playwright John Patrick Shanley offers a convincing, Freudian peek at the seething subconscious…
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Menopause the Musical. Set in Bloomingdale's department store, this play unites four contrasting female characters — an Iowa housewife, an executive, a soap star, and a hippie — through the combined forces of cut-price lingerie and hormone replacement therapy.…
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Young Frankenstein

This screwball romp reminds us that sometimes the most enjoyable theater has no goal other than to make us laugh. Director Jim Fourniadis does a fine job translating Mel Brooks' 1974 classic comedy movie for the stage. The show starts…
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Big Love. If Aeschylus and Karen O. had a baby, it might look something like FoolsFury's latest production. Charles Mee's fascinating text collage steals liberally from the old Greek's play The Suppliant Women, The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon (from…
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God of Hell

Sam Shepard's overtly political new play has the same strengths and weaknesses as a punk song. It's an unrefined, passionate indictment of the current neo-conservative administration and a theatrical rallying cry that wants to expose pseudo-patriotic hypocrites. Yet its rushed…
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The Tempest

Traditionally considered to be Shakespeare's last play and his parting statement to the theater, this mystical-minded romance is concerned with the intricacies of what it means to be a family. Director John LeFan and his motley cast of actors and…
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Godfellas. The Rev. De Love, the sinful soul preacher in San Francisco Mime Troupe's new religious doctrine-themed show, is heaven-bent on spreading the word of God to every corner of the land. Behind the scenes at a "Rock the…
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The Tempest

Traditionally considered to be Shakespeare's last play and his parting statement to the theater, this mystical-minded romance is concerned with the intricacies of what it means to be a family. Director John LeFan and his motley cast of actors and…
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Capsule Reviews

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The moldering schoolhouse tradition of spelling bees has inspired a cultural deluge of late, from Myla Goldberg's 2001 novel Bee Season to the feature film Akeelah and the Bee. That the bee has…
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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The moldering schoolhouse tradition of spelling bees has inspired a cultural deluge of late, from Myla Goldberg's 2001 novel Bee Season to the feature film Akeelah and the Bee. That the bee…
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Manifest: The Battle of Intergalactic Farces

The improbably named Serene Zloof morphs into a weird array of local characters and transdimensional aliens in her goofily titled solo show. Don't let the willful strangeness fool you: Zloof is a talented actor, so the first half of Manifest…
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House of Lucky

Bravo to the Magic Theater for putting a local up-and-coming artist on its main stage. With his raw, edgy energy, solo performer Frank Wortham follows in the footsteps of the Magic's early artists (and those of its ancestors, the Blake…
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Holy Madness

It's hard to find anyone who doesn't like Frank Wortham. He's an underground phenomenon, which means that certain people will see his shows no matter what the critics say. Since he speaks for his twentysomething generation, his audiences laugh and…
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Sex, Drugs, and Going Solo

The idea of developing, writing, and performing a play alone is enough to give most thespians the heebie-jeebies. But solo performers Frank Wortham and Charlie Varon wouldn't have it any other way -- until now, that is. Great Religions of…
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Stage Capsule

Berkeley's Impact Theater has a self- conscious mission: to do live shows "for people of our own generation, born between roughly 1961 and 1981"; the result has been a number of plays (Sweet Self, Lackaday) hobbled by self-consciousness. But House…
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All's AIDS That Ends AIDS Pieces of the Quilt. By various authors. Directed by Colman Domingo. Starring Sean San Jose, Josh Jones, Scheherazade Stone, and DJ Fuze. Part of the Solo Mio Festival at the Magic Theater, Fort Mason, Sept.…
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