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Culture, Stage Roger Rees reps Shakespeare at A.C.T.

Roger Rees reps Shakespeare at A.C.T.

When I was at grad school on the East Coast, the bane of every theater student's life was a mandatory class called "The Rep Ideal." Every week the head of the program, the curmudgeonly theater critic and sometime director, actor,…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>What You Will</i>

What You Will

Shakespeare -- who has the time? Unless you paid good money to study the Bard in college (excellent use of resources!), it's a pretty good bet that characters like Hamlet, Romeo, King Lear, and others are mashed together in your…
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Culture, Stage Reduced Expectations

Reduced Expectations

I was in my teens when I went to my first Reduced Shakespeare Company show. I clearly recall the experience of sitting in the Arts Theatre in London's West End that fall day in 1992 because I was slogging through…
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Culture, Stage The Picnic Papers

The Picnic Papers

"To save the theater, the theater must be destroyed, the actors and actresses must all die of the plague. They poison the air, they make art impossible," the legendary Italian actor Eleanora Duse (1858-1924) once proclaimed. Ms. Duse is widely…
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Calendar, Night&Day Shrewed Dealings

Shrewed Dealings

After a three-year absence, the world's foremost Shakespearean troupe returns to San Francisco this week with The Taming of the Shrew. The Royal Shakespeare Company, founded in the Bard's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, opened the show in England last October before…
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Culture, Stage

Aisle Seat

Webbed Feat First, an embarrassing revelation: I am Internetally challenged: I've never surfed the Net. Not only have I never been on-line, but I don't know a URL from a hole in the ground. When I learned that Shorenstein Hays…
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