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Culture, The Exhibitionist Aurora Honors Lanford Wilson with Trilogy of Plays About a Family

Aurora Honors Lanford Wilson with Trilogy of Plays About a Family

Tom Ross, Aurora Theatre Company’s artistic director, remembers what an impression Lanford Wilson’s plays Talley’s Folly and Fifth of July made on him when he saw them on Broadway in the early '80s. Those, along with Balm in Gilead,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Aurora's "After the Revolution" Questions Whether Political Idealism is Just Another Family Myth

Aurora's "After the Revolution" Questions Whether Political Idealism is Just Another Family Myth

Rolf Saxon, one of the stars of Amy Herzog's After the Revolution at the Aurora Theatre Company, came to acting in high school. Only it wasn't really acting that interested him. "I was 17 and a bit of a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Beauty Queen of Leenane

Beauty Queen of Leenane

Martin McDonagh, the author of acclaimed plays including "A Skull in Connemara," "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" and "The Pillowman", as well as the movies In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, is an exceptional writer, says Shotgun Players member Beth Wilmurt, who…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Body Awareness</i> Director Talks About Evolving Families, Asperger's, and Yes, Body Image

Body Awareness Director Talks About Evolving Families, Asperger's, and Yes, Body Image

In the Aurora Theatre's upcoming comedy Body Awareness, a male photographer of female nudes is a guest artist during Body Awareness Week at a small college in Vermont. He stays with the professor who has organized the event, as well…
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Culture, Stage Defying Expectations

Defying Expectations

A friend recently asked me why I would bother reviewing Aurora Theatre Company's production of John Guare's Bosoms and Neglect. He had a point. Theatrically speaking, we're pretty spoiled here in the Bay Area with a near-constant parade of…
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A pithy, poignant family drama about delusion and self-destruction

Everything comes at a price, and few plays in the American theatrical canon demonstrate this truism more eloquently than Arthur Miller's The Price. Set in 1968 in the midst of the Vietnam War, the pithy-poignant family drama examines the ways…
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Thérèse Raquin

Like almost every great novel in 19th-century France, Emile Zola's Thérèse Raquin was a succèss de scandale. It tells the story of a dark-minded young woman, Thérèse, trapped in a stupid bourgeois marriage, who conspires with her lover, Laurent, to…
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Missing Pieces

The most persistently intriguing aspect of Berkeley Rep's Missing Persons (written by Craig Lucas, directed by Penny Metropulos) is the set (by Kent Dorsey, who also designed the lighting): a realistic living room and kitchen furnished in generic Pottery Barn,…
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