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Short Stage Reviews

"Sudden Pictures" Erica Essner has been floating in the early/midcareer choreographer's nether world at least since her first full-evening program at Theater Artaud five years ago, when she was still committed to socio-political text-laden works influenced by Joe Goode. Though…
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Culture, Stage Step Right Up

Step Right Up

The most representative character in Ben Jonson's satire on greed is Sir Epicure Mammon, the lip-smacking, self-deluded fop. Actor Ken Ruta fills every molecule of Epicure with dripping, sensual hunger, and he's the best reason to see this show. In…
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Culture, Stage

Pshaw

Heartbreak House By George Bernard Shaw. Directed by Sharon Ott. Starring Ken Ruta, Francesca Faridany, and Geoff Hoyle. At the Berkeley Repertory Theater, 2025 Addison, Berkeley. Call (510) 845-4700. Heartbreak House was written as World War I was wreaking its…
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