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Culture, Stage Despite the great source material, <i>War Music</i> bombs

Despite the great source material, War Music bombs

There's nothing in life quite like living in the moment. Being caught up in the immediacy of an experience and feeling fully engrossed in it to the exclusion of all other concerns is the closest we ever come to achieving…
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Culture, Stagecap

Camellias a Farce Only Theater Snobs Could Love

The name of Sarah Bernhardt might not mean much to most theatergoers — at least, not beyond a vague awareness that she was once considered the world's greatest actress. The name Eleonora Duse probably means even less; think of her…
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Culture, Stage I Think, Ergo I Laugh

I Think, Ergo I Laugh

René Descartes' famous 1637 dictum, "Cogito, ergo sum" — "I think, therefore I am" — towers over Cal Shakes/San Jose Rep's co-production of The Triumph of Love. Etched in gold atop an imposing wrought iron gate at the back of…
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Culture, Stagecap

The Rivals

Richard Sheridan wrote this lighthearted farce in 1775 when he was just 24, and even though it's considered a minor classic of the English theater, the play has the slightly naive, unformed sensibility that you'd expect from such a young…
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Culture, Stage

The Tempest

Of all Shakespeare's plays, The Tempest gives directors perhaps the greatest opportunity to cast spells on the audience. It's not just to do with the bewitching poetry and the sorcery-infused plot -- in which Prospero, a banished duke with magical…
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Culture, Stage Up in <i>Arms</i>

Up in Arms

When everything goes right, a play in the Berkeley hills put on by the California Shakespeare Festival might be one of the most shimmeringly pleasurable things to watch in the Bay Area. The competition isn't fair, since no other outfit…
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Culture, Stage Read On

Read On

Ever since the Ayatollah Khomeini heard about The Satanic Verses, and without reading the book laid a fatwa on the author's head in 1989, I've wanted to like Salman Rushdie. His essays are erudite and his interviews (when they happen)…
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