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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: <i>The Velveteen Rabbit</i>

Video of the Day: The Velveteen Rabbit

The conceit of toys with rich internal lives has entertained generations from Pinocchio to Toy Story, but none as beautifully as The Velveteen Rabbit. Seemingly written for dance, this 1922 children's story is overflowing with tender, lyrical wistfulness and dynamic…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rabbit Habbit

Rabbit Habbit

The conceit of toys with rich internal lives has entertained generations from Pinocchio to Toy Story but none as beautifully as The Velveteen Rabbit. Seemingly written for dance, this 1922 children’s story is overflowing with tender, lyrical wistfulness and dynamic…
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Calendar, Night&Day Meditation on Losing Oneself

Meditation on Losing Oneself

If you're looking for a little more humanity and a little less apocalypse on the subject of endings, Geoff Hoyle's Geezer is a very funny one-man show about aging, decline, and death. It's back for another run after a successful…
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Calendar, Night&Day Meditation on Losing Oneself

Meditation on Losing Oneself

If you're looking for a little more humanity and a little less apocalypse on the subject of endings, Geoff Hoyle's Geezer is a very funny one-man show about aging, decline, and death. At the beginning, Hoyle tells us that his…
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Culture, Stage "Into the Clear Blue Sky" and "Geezer": Mediations on Losing Dad

"Into the Clear Blue Sky" and "Geezer": Mediations on Losing Dad

Think you've got abandonment issues? Imagine that the Earth is in the final throes of a global-warming apocalypse, with entire continents inundated by rising oceans. Roving bands of cannibals hunt for dinner on the New Jersey Turnpike, and your friends…
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Culture, Stage "The Composer Is Dead": Berkeley Rep takes on Lemony Snicket

"The Composer Is Dead": Berkeley Rep takes on Lemony Snicket

The work of Daniel Handler, more popularly known as Lemony Snicket, is a welcome rebuke to any sap who believes that children deserve constant coddling. Kids know when they're the target of condescension. They're neither as fearful nor as slow-witted…
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Culture, Stagecap

Under the Gypsy Moon

Storylines don't really matter in a Teatro ZinZanni production; they just provide a loose framework for the circuslike acts everyone comes to see while they enjoy a fancy five-course meal. In the group's latest three-hour show, the Spiegeltent is invaded…
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Calendar, Night&Day Geezus Loves You

Geezus Loves You

Geoff Hoyle is a clown. No, really! He's actually one of the country's best clowns, having studied his art with Bill Irwin, created a role in The Lion King on Broadway, and performed with Cirque du Soleil. Now he's getting…
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Culture, Stage

Three Hotels

A corporate officer named Geoff Hoyle oversees Third World sales of a certain unsafe, belly-bloating baby formula; he makes a career of moving from one hotel to another, boosting numbers and quelling local concerns. We start with a hotel in…
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Culture, Stage Magic Carpet Ride

Magic Carpet Ride

Kids these days have all sorts of distractions, as the press material for this show points out -- "computer games and videos, DVDs and the all-pervasive influences of television." So it seems unbelievable that every single child who saw Aladdin…
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News, Feature Beyond Bozo

Beyond Bozo

Bozo the Clown packed it in this summer, but for today's working and aspiring clowns, the response was relief rather than sadness. In the heyday of Bozoism decades ago, nearly 200 TV stations across the country broadcast local versions of…
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Send in the Clowns!

In his mostly one-man show The First 100 Years, Geoff Hoyle plays Jack Proust, a once-famous music hall comic and silent film star living out his last years in an abandoned theater scheduled for demolition; Hoyle's daughter, Kailey, plays a…
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Culture, Stage

Four Men and an Aunt

Travels With My Aunt Directed and adapted by Giles Havergal from the novel by Graham Greene. Starring Ken Ruta, Geoff Hoyle, Charles Dean, and Bryan Close. Presented by the American Conservatory Theater at the Geary Theater, 415 Geary, through Feb.…
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Culture, Stage

Beaux Ideal

Pre-show publicity to the contrary, there are no heaps of rotting fruit or mounds of steaming horse manure in the Berkeley Repertory Theatre intended to re-create the stench of Restoration England, the setting of George Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem. Director…
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