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News, The Snitch Jewish Humor Traces Back to July 1661, Berkeley Prof Says

Jewish Humor Traces Back to July 1661, Berkeley Prof Says

At first, the notion of pinpointing the very day Jewish humor was born sounds every bit as crazy as Bishop James Ussher claiming the world was created on Sunday, Oct. 23, 4004 B.C. But U.C. Berkeley theater professor Mel Gordon…
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Calendar, Night&Day Stage Fright

Stage Fright

Early directors of the Théâtre du Grand Guignol might have understood the guilty pleasure of today's reality TV, but it is highly unlikely that Bunny Ranch escapades would have satisfied the Parisian thirst for perversity. Around the turn of the…
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News, Night Crawler Bastille Day Sade

Bastille Day Sade

It is said that in July 1789 the Marquis de Sade cried out that his fellow inmates were being tortured and killed behind the high walls of the Bastille. Less than two weeks later, rioters stormed the royal penitentiary and…
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Culture, Stage

Aisle Seat

The FYhrer's Fortuneteller "If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry." So said Emily Dickinson, no slouch in the poetry line. I feel the same way about theater. Great…
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