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Calendar, Night&Day I Love You, and You, and You

I Love You, and You, and You

He loves her. He loves her, too. She loves him. He doesn't love her. Love is when you leave everything else behind. Love is meaningless and arbitrary, a whim, a trick, a spell cast. From Helena's declaration, "Love looks…
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Culture, Stage New World, Old World: Two Plays Shed Light on the Future of Theater

New World, Old World: Two Plays Shed Light on the Future of Theater

To any who suggest that theater is an irrelevant, dying art form (as naysayers have done for hundreds of years), consider the San Francisco Neo-Futurists. This troupe just opened Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind in an open-ended…
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Film, "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger": Woody Allen grinds on

"You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger": Woody Allen grinds on

Kept afloat by a great cast, Woody Allen's latest foray into the perverse follies of mankind begins with a statutory quote from Macbeth about the futility of it all. But like so much of Allen's work over the past decade,…
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Culture, Stage Former A.C.T. actor Marco Barricelli takes on a new role

Former A.C.T. actor Marco Barricelli takes on a new role

When Marco Barricelli was the alpha male of American Conservatory Theater's core acting company, the Geary stage sizzled. Before leaving to pursue opportunities back East in 2005 after more than a decade's association with San Francisco's flagship theater company, Barricelli…
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Culture, Stage Shakespeare Comedy Gets Ethnic

Shakespeare Comedy Gets Ethnic

Have you ever had the feeling that you're Han Solo walking into the Mos Eisley Cantina on Tatooine? I think about a third of the audience at the Curran Theatre, myself included, felt like space travelers wandering into the bar…
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Culture, Stage Novel Gazing

Novel Gazing

There are few things that Stephen King hates more than adverbs. In his part-memoir, part-manual On Writing (2000), the best-selling author expresses his deep misgivings about that part of speech. King believes that a writer's need to qualify a sentence…
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Film, Fairest of Them All

Fairest of Them All

To the knowledgeable comic book fan, all one need say about MirrorMask is that it was scripted by Neil Gaiman and directed by Dave McKean, with a final product that, while less plot-heavy than most of Gaiman's writing, faithfully adapts…
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Culture, Stage

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A version of Shakespeare's great dream play by Anne Bogart is, by definition, a major event, and the only serious question is how gracefully Bogart's actors pull off her multilayered idea. Bogart is a New York director who's pioneered a…
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Culture, Stage

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The beauty of this marvelous tale about love, fairies, and natural aphrodisiacs is that you cannot see it too many times. Perhaps Shakespeare's most visually compelling work, complete with lush forest settings and sprightly mythological creatures, A Midsummer Night's Dream…
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Culture, Stage

All's Well That Ends Well

William Shakespeare made sure his plays had enough intellectual meat for his learned audience members and enough fart gags for the groundlings. Director Val Hendrickson's Sex-Club Shakespeare definitely appeals to his audience's inner groundling, not to the erudite picnicker. This…
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Film, American High

American High

The War on Drugs has become this generation's Vietnam, the unwinnable conflict that will, in the end, destroy the innocent and reward the guilty. That, in a coke vial, is the premise of Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, a film that gives…
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