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Culture, Stage More Play Than Porn

More Play Than Porn

Scottish playwright Anthony Neilson's The Censor has the distinction of being the second Last Planet production in a row — after the run, earlier this year, of Farmyard by Franz Xaver Kroetz — to feature a scene in which a…
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Life on the farm isn't what you'd expect in the hands of controversial German playwright Franz Xaver Kroetz. Farmyard explores the bizarre, shocking, and ultimately tender relationship between a hired farmhand (Garth Petal) and a retarded underage girl starved for…
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The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant

The actors in Last Planet Theatre's latest offering spend the first half of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's stunning character study of a woman torn apart by desire for another woman shedding tears of laughter, and the second half shedding tears of…
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Ursula: Fear of the Estuary

The legend of St. Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins has survived in about 11,000 versions, none of them all that likely, but British playwright Howard Barker revisits the story in this oblique script reminiscent of a fairy tale. The…
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The Dying Gaul

Seemingly haunted by the success of his two earlier plays, Longtime Companion and Prelude to a Kiss, Craig Lucas wrote The Dying Gaul in 12 days in 1996. The play, in a modest presentation by Last Planet Theater under the…
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Culture, Stage What a Little Moonlight Can't Do

What a Little Moonlight Can't Do

Last Planet Theater had just opened Harold Pinter's latest play, Moonlight, in a little space on top of Potrero Hill -- with the near-full moon looking especially clear -- when the playwright himself turned 70. To superstitious people this might…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dramatic Emetic

Dramatic Emetic

Wallace Shawn, it always seems necessary to explain, is the famous New Yorker editor William Shawn's son. He's also that short, whiny guy from The Princess Bride. Or the Algonquin waiter in Mrs. Parker. To survive as a playwright, Shawn…
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