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Culture, Stage More Is Less

More Is Less

There's a perverse universal principle that states that the harder one tries, the more likely one is to fail. It's only when one stops putting in so much effort that things happen. The great Taoist philosopher Alan Watts in his…
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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, Stagecap

Stage cap

Obie Award-winning playwright Lisa D'Amour's trailer-park gothic about a mother, daughter, and a girl made of dust is arresting and mesmerizing. One portion of the show has daughter (Anna Bella) asleep for five days after getting her first period. While…
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Culture, Stage


Yes, Dave Eggers has written a play, too. Get over it. Even better: See it, and come out saying, "Oh yeah, I like Eggers." In collaboration with Campo Santo and director Kent Nicholson, the writer seems reinvigorated by the immediacy…
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Culture, Stage Drowning  in <i>Water</i>

Drowning in Water

At the risk of repeating myself, why don't I review The Water Engine and Mr. Happiness again? The Actors Theater mounted these paired plays early this year in San Francisco, and now the Shotgun Players are giving them a more…
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Culture, Stage

Stage Capsule

Adam Bock's comedy of love and danger gets a dream production from the Shotgun Players and director Kent Nicholson. Carla Carla (Dawn-Elin Fraser) and Donna (Katie Bales) are considering a commitment ceremony, but Donna's got to give up smoking first.…
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