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Culture, Stage "Strindberg Cycle": Cutting Ball Stages the Chamber Plays

"Strindberg Cycle": Cutting Ball Stages the Chamber Plays

The Cutting Ball Theater's production of Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep has no shortage of headline-makers. It falls on the 100th anniversary of Swedish playwright August Strindberg's death. It marks the first time all five of Strindberg's chamber…
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Calendar, Night&Day For the Bob Cratchit in Us All

For the Bob Cratchit in Us All

A.C.T. has staged A Christmas Carol for 35 years, but in today's political and economic climate, Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh's adaptation of the Dickens novella could hardly feel timelier. "The parallels between now and what was going on Dickens'…
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Calendar, Night&Day Timeless -- and Timely -- as Ever

Timeless -- and Timely -- as Ever

A.C.T. has staged A Christmas Carol for 35 years, but in today’s political and economic climate, Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh’s adaptation of the Dickens novella could hardly feel timelier. “The parallels between now and what was going on Dickens’…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>A Christmas Carol</i>

A Christmas Carol

The A.C.T.'s production of A Christmas Carol is now in its 32nd year -- if you can leave it without your bah-humbugs banished, there's no hope for you. This year's show, adapted by Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh and directed…
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Culture, Stage Masterful

Masterful

What's up with Hilde Wangel? No matter how hard I try, I just can't get my head around Henrik Ibsen's most elusive female character. I mean, Nora from A Doll's House and Rosmersholm's Rebecca West have their peculiarities, but at…
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Culture, Stage <i>Christmas </i>Present

Christmas Present

When it comes to Christmas, people don't much care for innovation. Those averse to extracting pine needles from the carpet may opt for a plastic tree, and vegetarians invariably substitute a nut roast for the holiday ham, but that's about…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Shameless Display

Shameless Display

FRI-MON 1/16-19 Ours is not a town hurting for galleries. Scores of spaces around the city display everything from the kitschiest folk art to the highest-rent masterworks, and are patronized by socialites and plebeians alike. But this week, S.F. explodes…
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Culture, Stage

Peer Gynt

Ibsen's epic about a self-aggrandizing scoundrel who grows old without growing wise is nearly impossible to stage, but usually worth seeing anyhow. (Ibsen wrote it for readers, not for playgoers; a full production would last almost six hours.) ACT dramaturge…
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Culture, Stage Hot Iron

Hot Iron

Edward II, like Lorca, died in a political morass with a dangerous weapon aimed up his rectum, in homage to his preference for men. Christopher Marlowe retold this story powerfully in Edward II -- hot iron and all -- in…
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