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Culture, Stage "Body Awareness": Annie Baker Reveals the Heart of Things

"Body Awareness": Annie Baker Reveals the Heart of Things

Sexy topical questions add sheen to the surface of Annie Baker's Body Awareness, a Bay Area premiere now at the Aurora: To what extent is feminism still politically relevant? When is our perception of objectification and abuse just a product…
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Killer Joe

Marin Theatre Company's sold-out production of playwright Tracy Letts' Killer Joe has moved to the Magic Theatre, and reactions couldn't be stronger. It's essentially a hillbilly noir set in a Texas trailer park, in which members of the white trash…
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Charlie Cox Runs With Scissors

From the scythe-wielding Grim Reaper of folklore to Brad Pitt's turn as the deathly Joe Black in the movie Meet Joe Black, culture is constantly coming up with new ways to personify mortality. In Marin Theatre Company's production of Michael…
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Culture, Stage The Force

The Force

The hero of Kenneth Lonergan's painfully funny play is a security guard named Jeff, just bumped from the Navy, who watches the lobby of a middle-income high-rise in Manhattan. He doesn't pack a gun. He doesn't save anyone's life. In…
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8 Bob Off

8 Bob Off is about home improvement. Howard Swain plays Bob Plum (or "Plum Bob"), a middle-aged guy renovating a house owned by his aunt. Except for this job he would be out of work, so his life is a…
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So Much to Love

One of the happier paradoxes associated with reviewing a successful production -- in this case, the California Shakespeare Festival's Much Ado About Nothing -- is that the more triumphant the effort, the more invisible its mechanics. There is a seamless…
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Aisle Seat

Dr. Jekyll When Cal Shakes lost two of its cast members right before rehearsals for Much Ado About Nothing (which opened this week at the Bruns Amphitheatre in Orinda), the company decided to ask veteran actor Howard Swain to work…
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Dreamlands

Clifford Odets' Rocket to the Moon is a gently humorous comedy of one sultry summer in the life of Ben Stark, DDS. Odets (Awake and Sing, Waiting for Lefty, and Golden Boy) was a founding member of the legendary Group…
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