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The Prince

You might wonder how Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince could possibly be adapted for the stage. Central Works shows that it can be done, though the results might still leave you wondering why. Set in 16th-century Florence, the play (written and…
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Every Inch a King

This show, while sweet and mildly funny, doesn't live up to the capable talents of its actresses or writer and director Gary Graves. It's a slight affair, following the story of three grown daughters as they wrestle with what to…
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Achilles and Patroklos

Of the countless plays inspired by the Middle Eastern conflict that Bay Area audiences have been subjected to over the past couple of years, Central Works' Achilles and Patroklos is one of the most sublime. Drawing upon source material from…
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Dostoevsky's The Grand Inquisitor

In the middle of Dostoevsky's novel The Brothers Karamazov, Ivan Karamazov recites a "poem in prose" of his own composition titled "The Grand Inquisitor." It is this strange story-within-a-story that Gary Graves has meticulously adapted for the stage in Central…
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Mata Hari

Central Works' new play about a Dutch-born spy who fooled German and French officers during World War I into thinking she was East Indian -- because of her dark eyes and the way she danced -- takes more than two…
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Aisle Seat

It's Historical La vie boheme of the 19th century was not limited to the Latin Quarter of Paris. The new Bohemianism, with its emphasis on literature and the arts, flourished in the San Francisco of the 1860s as well. The…
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