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Argonautika. The emasculation of heroes and the lambasting of misplaced heroics are at the heart of writer and director Mary Zimmerman's thought-provoking though ultimately self-defeating stage adaptation of the Jason and the Argonauts legend. Zimmerman gleefully pokes fun at Jason…
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Camino Real. Tennessee Williams' 1953 stream-of-consciousness fantasia set in a timeless no man's land is difficult to stage. The largely plotless drama revolving around broken dreams and futile attempts to escape the confines of a dead-end, vaguely Latin American seaport…
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Culture, Stage <i>The Crowd You're in With</i> More Clich&eacute; Than Cathartic

The Crowd You're in With More Cliché Than Cathartic

Every now and then, a play comes along that makes a mark on theater history, a play with a message so profound and impact so great that it alters the way we think about the world. The Crowd You're in…
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Culture, Stage Swing Low

Swing Low

"When making love -- in an effort to prolong the moment of ecstasy," begins a well-known Woody Allen stand-up skit, "I think of baseball players." Allen isn't the only artist to seek transcendence in America's favorite pastime. Dana Fielding, the…
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Gilman's Treat

SAT 1/22 Major-league playwright Rebecca Gilman, who has enjoyed far more success in this city than should probably be allowed, is back with another American premiere at her national theatrical home, the Magic. Known for using straight realism to address…
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Culture, Stage Dead Ends

Dead Ends

When Rebecca Gilman premiered her first play, The Glory of Living, in 1996, it must have seemed a little behind the curve: The fashion for murderers-on-the-run had already peaked a couple of years before with the movie Natural Born Killers.…
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Calendar, Performance Digitized Dance

Digitized Dance

FRI-SAT 2/6-7 In the 60 years since he presented his first dance program with the late John Cage, Merce Cunningham has become the standard-bearer for the American modernist movement. He has famously valued chance and change in his work, and…
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Blue Surge

The title may look misspelled to jazz fans old enough to notice -- "Blue Serge" is a Duke Ellington tune about a cheap serge suit -- but Rebecca Gilman intended it that way. Her kitchen-sink drama about a cop in…
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Spinning Into Butter

Local audiences are bound to be offended by Rebecca Gilman's Spinning Into Butter -- and if they're not, they're missing the point. An exploration of racism at its volcanic core, Gilman's inflammatory play pulls no punches when it comes to…
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Heaven

The new millennium provided an impetus for many playwrights to create "millennial plays," a couple of which assess race relations in America through white main characters who think they're liberal but are really racists. Rebecca Gilman's award-winning Spinning Into Butter…
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The American in Me

Jeannie (Bethanny Alexander), who's been trying for more than a year to have a baby, doesn't want to be a nail in her company's teamworking bridge. But when, at a company motivational seminar, she re-evaluates her self-quiz and rushes off…
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