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Calendar, Night&Day Beckett Sideshows

Beckett Sideshows

Scott Baker knows how actors pigeonhole the work of Samuel Beckett. “They see these serious situations and the elevated language,” he says, “and they think, ‘Oh, I must be serious.’ This is deadly. heroes were Buster Keaton and Laurel…
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Calendar, Night&Day Well Versed

Well Versed

Poets’ theater has a long and varied history in the United States. The Cambridge Poets’ Theatre, founded in 1951 by the eccentric Bunny Lang, was the first to present works by Samuel Beckett, while the New York Poets’ Theatre, co-founded…
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Calendar, Night&Day Kierkegaard Meets LOLcats

Kierkegaard Meets LOLcats

Art can be many things -- revelatory, disconcerting, numinous, insert your preferred highbrow art critic adjective here -- but it can also be really goddamn funny once everybody drops the aloof pretenses the art world demands. While art that provokes…
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Calendar, Night&Day Minimalism to the Max

Minimalism to the Max

"A country road. A tree. Evening." So go the opening stage directions of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, one of the most important plays of the 20th century. But if the set description seems minimal, Tides Theatre's interpretation of them…
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Calendar, Night&Day Minimalism to the Max

Minimalism to the Max

"A country road. A tree. Evening." So go the opening stage directions of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, one of the most important plays of the 20th century. But if the set description seems minimal, Tides Theatre's interpretation of them…
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Calendar, Night&Day Get a Clue

Get a Clue

First it was a board game with lots of shiny pieces (revolver, knife, candle holder) as well as cards, characters, and secret envelopes to help solve a murder. Second it was a motion picture loaded with fancy costumery and comedic…
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Calendar, Night&Day Throw Your Veggies

Throw Your Veggies

Last year, the PianoFight theater troupe, in response to the nationwide Free Night of Theater, instructed its audiences to throw rotten vegetables at PianoFight actors. Fair enough. To facilitate it, the troupe provided serving trays full of rotten vegetables, which…
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Culture, Stage In <i>Krapp's Last Tape</i>, an old writer listens to his younger self

In Krapp's Last Tape, an old writer listens to his younger self

Alongside the deadly crime of uttering the word "Macbeth" within earshot of any actor, director, or stage manager involved in staging the legendarily cursed Scottish Play, external noise might be the contemporary theater scene's last taboo. Performers have been known…
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News, The Snitch Remember That Drunken, Lascivious Text You Sent Last Night? Thanks To New Web Site, Now EVERYONE Does.

Remember That Drunken, Lascivious Text You Sent Last Night? Thanks To New Web Site, Now EVERYONE Does.

Back in the old days, folks thought about what they wanted to say, wrote it out in longhand, signed and sealed the envelope, affixed proper postage, and waited days or weeks for a response. When you peruse the collected letters…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

Endgame. Humanity is at the center of Rob Melrose's new production of Samuel Beckett's sepulchral 1957 masterpiece. This is no small achievement when you consider that the play is, like pretty much all of Beckett's dramatic works, surreal and largely…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

Endgame. Humanity is at the center of Rob Melrose's new production of Samuel Beckett's sepulchral 1957 masterpiece. This is no small achievement when you consider that the play is, like pretty much all of Beckett's dramatic works, surreal and largely…
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Culture, Stage Cutting Ball Makes a Beckett Play We Can Relate to--Too Bad

Cutting Ball Makes a Beckett Play We Can Relate to--Too Bad

Around the time of the centennial of Samuel Beckett's birth a couple of years ago, The Onion ran an article about the discovery of a lost play by the modernist writer. According to the satirical newspaper, scholars in Paris heralded…
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Culture, Art Political Artist Julia Page Waits for Godot to Bring Peace to Middle East

Political Artist Julia Page Waits for Godot to Bring Peace to Middle East

The phrase "political art" is enough to turn any dinner party toward the vodka bottles. Political art? It's awkward. Preachy. Certainly undeserving of public funding. In a 2004 New York Foundation for the Arts poll, 69 percent of respondents agreed…
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Culture, Stage What in Godot's Name?

What in Godot's Name?

One of the first things directors learn when approaching Samuel Beckett is that you don't mess with his plays. During his lifetime, the punctilious Irish dramatist was famously hostile to theater companies that dared to deviate even in the tiniest…
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Culture, Stagecap

Waiting for Bordeaux

James Daniel's absurdist play features a heterosexual female, a bisexual male, and a homosexual male meeting up in a pretentious restaurant for even more pretentious conversation about marriage, true art, and selling out. This grating take on existentialist drama borrows…
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Culture, Stage Texts for Mothing

Texts for Mothing

Vladimir Nabokov ends his novel Bend Sinister with a pun, "mothing," that flustered at least one copy editor. His introduction to a late edition of the book insists the word "is not a misprint. ... Krug , in a…
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Culture, Stage

Waiting for Godot

What makes Samuel Beckett's masterpiece more than just a great example of absurdist theater is the compassion Beckett exhibits toward his two hapless protagonists. Waiting for Godot weds standard theatrical forms such as vaudeville and burlesque to a worldview that…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): "I call the high and light aspects of my being spirit," says Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, "and the dark and heavy aspects soul." To his formula I would add my notion that the spirit…
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Culture, Stage

Stage

Mystery Theater The Mystery of Irma Vep. By Charles Ludlam. Directed by Tom Ross and Danny Scheie. Starring Scheie and Charles Shaw Robinson. At the Magic Theater, Fort Mason, through Aug. 10. Call 441-8822. In a drawing room on a…
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Film,

Second Time Around

Film An old man shuffles along a broken brick wall, hurriedly, left to right. Although it is sunny he wears a heavy black overcoat and also a handkerchief, tucked in his hat and covering most of his neck and face.…
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