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Culture, Stage "The Lily's Revenge": Five Hour-Long Play Is Five Hours Too Long

"The Lily's Revenge": Five Hour-Long Play Is Five Hours Too Long

This play is long, we're told from the get-go. That's no joke. Clocking in at more than four hours, with five acts and three intermissions, The Lily's Revenge is less an evening of entertainment than a cheeky test of endurance.…
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Culture, Stage Theatrical Makeover

Theatrical Makeover

When my friend Jessica Heidt took over as artistic director of the Climate Theater in September 2007, the corner of Folsom and Ninth streets where the alternative performance space makes its home wasn't the kind of intersection you'd want to…
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News, Feature SoMach Going On

SoMach Going On

Nick Olivero of Boxcar Theatre wasn't even looking for a permanent home when the artistic director of the two-and-a-half-year-old company saw the space on Natoma Street. But he instantly knew it was too good to pass up. This month, Boxcar…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sparking Up

Sparking Up

Crowded Fire Theater Company is in the business of setting the local theater scene alight with productions of bold, new plays. Stirring the embers further, the company presents a festival of staged readings of plays in development for the 2008…
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Culture, Stage Surreal Life

Surreal Life

Few critics have had anything particularly flattering to say about Pierre Marivaux's The False Servant (La Fausse Suivante) in the 280 or so years since La Comédie Italienne first performed the play in Paris on July 8, 1724. Despite being…
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Culture, Stage

The Black Eyed

This play by Palestinian-American Betty Shamieh is a chillingly beautiful piece about the relationship between violence and seduction. In Shamieh's poetic-apocalyptic vision of the afterlife, four Palestinian women from different historical periods hang about in limbo, awaiting admittance to "The…
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