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Culture, Stage I Think, Ergo I Laugh

I Think, Ergo I Laugh

René Descartes' famous 1637 dictum, "Cogito, ergo sum" — "I think, therefore I am" — towers over Cal Shakes/San Jose Rep's co-production of The Triumph of Love. Etched in gold atop an imposing wrought iron gate at the back of…
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Culture, Stage Girl Gone Wilde

Girl Gone Wilde

Featuring a scene in which a woman kisses a severed head, a soothsayer ranting oaths from the bottom of a septic tank, and love poetry so bad that only actors with an overdeveloped aptitude for faux sincerity like Groucho Marx…
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Culture, Stage <i>Pi&egrave;ce de R&eacute;sistance</i>

Pièce de Résistance

Is there such a thing as an innocent story? Even the most apparently innocuous children's fairy tale or nursery rhyme is riddled with moral ambiguity, violence, and often death. Jack and Jill fall down the hill and crack their heads…
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Culture, Stage Traveler's Tales

Traveler's Tales

"In 1971, fed up with the politics and culture of America," reads the jacket copy to Terry Tarnoff's new novel, The Bone Man of Benares, "Terry Tarnoff packed a bag, a guitar and sixteen harmonicas and headed out on an…
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Culture, Stage Ageless


This fascinating solo show about R. Buckminster Fuller starts with a long, awkward pause. Ron Campbell dresses like Fuller in middle age, wearing a banker's suit and horn-rimmed glasses. He stands next to a desk cluttered with icosahedron-shaped Tinkertoys and…
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Culture, Stage Bucky Explains

Bucky Explains

Buckminster Fuller was one of those East Coast-born intellectuals, like Joseph Campbell, who filled up on Asian religion, built a cultish following on the strength of his ideas, and wound up being vaguely associated with California. He made his living…
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