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Calendar, Night&Day Shaking Up Shakespeare

Shaking Up Shakespeare

Written by the acclaimed playwright Paula Vogel, Desdemona: A Play About A Handkerchief retells Shakespeare’s Othello entirely from the perspective of the female characters. Vogel reinvents the virtuous Desdemona as a vixen, guilty of much more than her husband ever…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief</i> Is Actually a Play About How Marriage Is Like Prostitution

Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief Is Actually a Play About How Marriage Is Like Prostitution

Desdemona is one of Shakespeare's most boring female leads. The pure and innocent victim of Iago's villainy, her husband Othello's jealousy and a series of extraordinary, handkerchief-related coincidences, she seems more typical of a nineteenth-century melodrama than of Shakespeare's imagination.…
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Culture, Stage "The Oldest Profession" and "The Homecoming": Two Views of Women and Work

"The Oldest Profession" and "The Homecoming": Two Views of Women and Work

Prostitution may not be the oldest profession, but it's certainly the most basic form of employment. The plight of the worker is, at some level, always the plight of somebody getting dicked over for a little bit of dough. That,…
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Culture, Stage "The Oldest Profession" and "The Homecoming": Two Views of Women and Work

"The Oldest Profession" and "The Homecoming": Two Views of Women and Work

Prostitution may not be the oldest profession, but it's certainly the most basic form of employment. The plight of the worker is, at some level, always the plight of somebody getting dicked over for a little bit of dough. That,…
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Culture, Stage Yule Be Sorry

Yule Be Sorry

Mark Twain is often quoted as having said, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." Although the author probably never uttered these words, the sentiment holds true. Yet even taking into account the eccentricities of…
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Culture, Stage

A Reckoning

Memories are slippery things to stage. Used sparingly, the words "I remember" can be an effective way of making sense of a character's current frame of mind, but they do little to propel the action of a play. Despite its…
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Culture, Stage

Hot 'n' Throbbing

The play sounds like a porno spoof or some schlocky thing with naked men at Theater Rhino, but it happens to be an eerily serious treatment of domestic violence by Paula Vogel. She likes broad cultural farce with serious undertones…
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Culture, Stage

Dutchman and Desdemona

Imamu Amiri Baraka's 1964 fable about the violence resulting from white appropriation of black culture is probably more an important play than it is good theater. Director John Warren achieves some nice effects in this Bare Bones Theater production: a…
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Culture, Stage

A Screwed-Up Screw

A Screwed-Up Screw The Turn of the Screw. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from Henry James' novella. Directed by Lee Sankowich. Starring Darren Bridgett and Jenny Lord. At Marin Theater Company, 397 Miller Ave. in Mill Valley, through Feb. 8. Call…
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