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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Sweet Spot: The Only Dating Advice You Need

The Sweet Spot: The Only Dating Advice You Need

In my many, many, (ugh) many years as a bartender, I was called upon frequently to dispense dating advice. Considering all those films where the lonely heart anchors down on a bar stool and pours out his sorry tale…
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Calendar, Night&Day Voyeuristic Claustrophobia

Voyeuristic Claustrophobia

Jean-Paul Sartre was an existentialist, not an optimist. “Hell is other people,” he said. To demonstrate, he wrote No Exit. It’s a one-act play in which one man and two women are confined in a hotel room. Each has major…
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Calendar, Night&Day Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Cigarettes. Books. Acerbic aphorisms. (The kind Jean-Paul Sartre and BFF Holden Caulfield would have folded into fortune cookies.) Those are the basic ingredients of Hal Hartley’s droll cinema of self-deprecating intellectualism and hipster sentimentality. If Hartley’s fondness for bohemian touchstones…
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Culture, Stagecap

Helluva Night: No Exit and Tape

This is one lopsided double bill. Expression Productions' "Helluva Night" offers two plays that have almost nothing in common in treatment or tone; the only vague similarity is that each offers a vision of something like hell, where remorse is…
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Music, Bouncer

Morality plays in an age of Bacchus

Bacchus, or Dionysus, depending on your Greek or Latin bent, was the best character in Disney's original Fantasia. (He was the jolly fat guy with the donkey and all the grapes in his hair.) He is not only the god…
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Culture, Stagecap

Waiting for Bordeaux

James Daniel's absurdist play features a heterosexual female, a bisexual male, and a homosexual male meeting up in a pretentious restaurant for even more pretentious conversation about marriage, true art, and selling out. This grating take on existentialist drama borrows…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Offbeat Theater

Exit Theatre 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 931-1094, www.sffringe.org Exit Theatre has been a sanctuary for small-scale, big-attitude San Francisco stagecraft since 1983. Home to the theatrical free-for-all of the S.F. Fringe Festival, the theater (and the auxiliary Exit Stage…
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Culture, Encore

Encore

I Look Like an Egg, But I Identify as a Cookie. In her solo show, Heather Gold recounts the journey from Niagara Falls (where she spent the first 19 years of her life) to her current role as San Francisco's…
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Culture, Stage Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass

During the 19th-century reign of Napoleon III, well-appointed salons commonly boasted an abundance of gilt-framed mirrors. Yet the walls of the "Second Empire-style salon" -- the claustrophobic setting described in Jean-Paul Sartre's 1944 play Huis Clos (No Exit) -- are…
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