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Calendar, Night&Day He'd Die to Be Famous

He'd Die to Be Famous

“What would Jesus tweet?” “Oops, did I just click send?” “I’m going to pretend I didn’t see your nipple-piercing video.” Those lines are from FWD: Life Gone Viral, a play that examines life, death, and the Internet. The idea came…
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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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Culture, Stage The Slapstick Museum

The Slapstick Museum

The House of Blue Leaves belongs to a species of American playwriting I'll call Midcentury Slapstick, which involves layer upon layer of everyday family bickering and impossible sitcom antics, all stacked on some pealike point about the world at large.…
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Culture, Stage Sweet Bird of Youth

Sweet Bird of Youth

When Cynthia Ozick writes, in her famous book-jacket blurb, that Alice Munro is "our Chekhov," she doesn't mean Munro's work will translate easily to the stage. In fact, I think she means almost the opposite: Munro has a patient, unenergetic,…
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