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Culture, Stage <i>Romper Room</i> Romeo

Romper Room Romeo

I owe an apology to Subterranean Shakespeare. When I saw Yoni Barkan's production of Romeo and Juliet last month I was so put off by the concept -- Capulets and Montagues as Nazis and Jews -- I didn't even bother…
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Culture, Stage A Guide for the Perplexed

A Guide for the Perplexed

During the first intermission of a performance in London, maybe 10 years ago, of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, I heard an elderly American tourist turn to his wife and say, "This isn't Shakespeare." It isn't, no. But last weekend…
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Culture, Stage Play Out the Play

Play Out the Play

The Taming of the Shrew is like The Merchant of Venice -- built on the pattern of what we would now call a Minority Character coming around to the worldview of a Christian, male-dominated, and incidentally Italian, town. Shrew is…
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Culture, Stage

Behind the Scenes

Love! Valour! Compassion! By Terrence McNally. Directed by Warner Shook. At the Berkeley Repertory Theater, 2025 Addison, Berkeley, through Jan. 3. Call (510) 845-4700. There's a point in the second act of Berkeley Rep's lovingly rendered production of Love! Valour!…
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