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Culture, The Exhibitionist Alicia's Miracle: Combining Reporting and Theater into a Story with Heart

Alicia's Miracle: Combining Reporting and Theater into a Story with Heart

Jennifer Welch, the artistic director of Tides Theatre, sees the theater's mission as to “challenge and inspire and heal our community.” So when she got a cold-call from the Center for Investigative Reporting looking for some way to share their…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Road Trip Recreation for 75th Anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath

Road Trip Recreation for 75th Anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath

Reaching 75 years is a momentous accomplishment and has to celebrated in a grand manner-- even if the thing being celebrated is a novel. John Steinbeck's classic Pulitzer-Prize winning 1939 American novel The Grapes of Wrath is reaching it's diamond…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Krispy Kritters in the Scarlett Night</em>: Cadavers, Brothels, Legless Veterans, and More

Krispy Kritters in the Scarlett Night: Cadavers, Brothels, Legless Veterans, and More

How does the playwright Andrew Saito describe his latest work, Krispy Kritters in the Scarlett Night at the Cutting Ball Theatre? "First I invoke Rob Melrose," Saito says, referring to the artistic director of the Cutting Ball. "I say it's…
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Culture, Stage Locked In: Magic Theatre and SF Playhouse Break Cycles

Locked In: Magic Theatre and SF Playhouse Break Cycles

In the Magic Theatre's "rolling world premiere" production of Se Llama Cristina, written by Octavio Solis and directed by Loretta Greco, set designer Andrew Boyce so meticulously renders a landscape of poverty that, watching it, you feel cockroaches crawling on…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Se Llama Cristina</i> at the Magic Theatre Bends Time, Reality, and Parenting

Se Llama Cristina at the Magic Theatre Bends Time, Reality, and Parenting

In Octavio Solis' new play, Se Llama Cristina, which had its world premiere at the Magic Theatre on January 30, a man and a woman wake up in a room with no memory of who they are or how…
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Calendar, Night&Day Oh, Brother: Part Two of McCraney&#146;s Trilogy

Oh, Brother: Part Two of McCraney’s Trilogy

Call it a case of unreasonable expectations. The Brothers Size, now making its West Coast premiere at Magic Theatre, is Part Two in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s much-ballyhooed Brother/Sister trilogy. Part One, In the Red and Brown Water, opened at Marin…
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Culture, Stage <i>"The Future Project": Sunday Will Come</i>

"The Future Project": Sunday Will Come

Over the course of the average lifetime, a person takes around 700 million breaths. It may be the case, as the axiom goes, that "life isn't measured by how many breaths you take, but by how many moments take your…
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Calendar, Night&Day Big River

Big River

Pulitzer-nominated playwright Octavio Solis grew up on the banks of the Rio Grande. The river that separates the U.S. and Mexico is and was the site of high drama, from the days of the Mexican Revolution in the 1910s to…
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Culture, Stage Based on True Events

Based on True Events

The famous philosophical question, "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?," is at the heart of June in a Box, Octavio Solis' new play, currently receiving its…
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Culture, Stage Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The Spanish word "duende" is notoriously untranslatable. Most dictionaries define it both as a fairylike, mythical figure and a concept in art to do with soulfulness, emotional authenticity, and the fuzzy line where pleasure meets pain. But many people agree…
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Culture, Stage Myth Interpretation

Myth Interpretation

In the opening scene of Campo Santo's The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy, Matt Stryker, a feckless newshound and Sam Spade wannabe, turns up at a Mission District dive on the prowl for a scoop. He's received an anonymous tip-off…
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Calendar, Performance A Cute Couple

A Cute Couple

ONGOING 10/26-11/21 Maybe you've noticed the billboard suggesting Bonnie & Clyde as a Halloween costume idea? On it, the people dressed as the tommy-gun-totin' couple look stylish, fearless, and contemptuous -- in a word, hot. This week, Intersection for the…
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Culture, Stage O Little Town

O Little Town

Octavio Solis' new play, Bethlehem, starts with a beautiful, languid scene in front of an El Paso house. Evening light shines on the adobe walls, Mexican guitar music plays, and a slightly crazy black woman comes on keening a song…
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Culture, Stage Into the Light

Into the Light

Larry Reed is the only director in the city who puts on shadow-puppet shows. In fact, he's one of the only people in the country who does it. Shadow puppetry is common enough in Indonesia, especially Bali, where people grow…
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Culture, Stage

Stage

Teacher's Pet Oleanna. By David Mamet. Directed by Cindy Ann Sicchio and Roger Michael McNall. Starring Lawrence Radecker and Danielle Kerley. At the Exit Theater, 156 Eddy (at Mason), through Aug. 22. Call 673-3847. David Mamet likes to deal in…
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Night+Day

wednesday february 5 That's the Spirit! Dueling religions provide the dramatic thrust in Park Your Car in Harvard Yard, in which a Catholic woman becomes a housekeeper for a retired high school teacher and self-proclaimed "Yankee Jew" who has been…
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Culture, Stage

Wet Blanket

"Pieces of the Quilt" Seven one-act plays. Conceived by Sean San Jose Blackman. Directed by R.A. White. At the Magic Theater, Fort Mason Center, Building D, through Nov. 17. Call 441-8001. I've been thinking about theater as community lately. About…
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Culture, Stage

Familia Ties

Santos & Santos Presented by Campo Santo. Written by Octavio Solis. Directed by Tony Kelly. At New Langton Arts, 1246 Folsom, 550-7250. Take a play that burns with ambition, volatile language, and ideas; cast it with an exceptional ensemble of…
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Culture, Stage

Aisle Seat

I Fall for Pieces The benefit reading of selections from Pieces of the Quilt made for a remarkable evening of theater. The performances were extraordinary, the pieces astonishing. Julia Sweeney (God Said, "HA!") read excerpts from Tony Kushner's Sermon for…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday january 17 Border Crossing Three new exhibits look at immigration from numerous perspectives. "Points of Entry: A Nation of Strangers" examines immigration's history through photos, portraits, and illustrations by Dorothea Lange, Eadweard Muybridge, and others; it's on view 11…
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