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Culture, The Exhibitionist Actor Louis Parnell plays out our virtual insanity in The Nether

Actor Louis Parnell plays out our virtual insanity in The Nether

In San Francisco, one can easily imagine a future where everyone is completely immersed in technology, because it's already happening all around us.  Whether on smartphones or desktops, playing video games or checking social media, emailing or texting, it's…
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The Fantasticks

The longest-running play in American history is also musical theater's cheesiest self-parody, a sweet, dumb story about two fathers who pretend a Montague-and-Capulet-style feud as an excuse to keep their kids, Luisa and Matt, apart. The hope, of course, is…
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It Had to Be You

If you're opening a new theater near Union Square, your inaugural production probably should be a crowd-pleasing comedy that doesn't strain any brain cells. That's what the Playhouse delivers with It Had to Be You, a 1981 romantic (if surreal)…
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Mata Hari

Central Works' new play about a Dutch-born spy who fooled German and French officers during World War I into thinking she was East Indian -- because of her dark eyes and the way she danced -- takes more than two…
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The new millennium provided an impetus for many playwrights to create "millennial plays," a couple of which assess race relations in America through white main characters who think they're liberal but are really racists. Rebecca Gilman's award-winning Spinning Into Butter…
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Dancing the Talk Erratic Eroticism. Choreography by Huckabay McAllister Dance. At ODC Theater Performance Gallery, 3153 17th St. (at South Van Ness), Nov. 14-22. Call 863-9834. London's DV8 Physical Theater, at Center for the Arts three weeks ago, created a…
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