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Culture, The Exhibitionist Some Enchanted Evening: Sarah Ruhl’s <i>Stage Kiss</i>

Some Enchanted Evening: Sarah Ruhl’s Stage Kiss

As you walk into the theater to find your seat before Stage Kiss begins, the sound system is playing popular songs from the 1930s. Bing Crosby croons out a duet with some forgotten chanteuse. On another track, the sound…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Best Night You'll Ever Have In Hell: Shotgun Players' <i>Eurydice</i>

The Best Night You'll Ever Have In Hell: Shotgun Players' Eurydice

“Dazzling” and “smoldering” are the best words to describe Shotgun Players' multi-layered Eurydice — a play based on one simple turn of a man’s head. Confounding, comic, cacophonous, and constructed by master engineers playwright Sarah Ruhl, director Erika Chong…
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Culture, Stagecap

"Three Sisters": Theater Review

"She's a piece of work," says Masha (Natalia Payne) of Natasha (Emily Kitchens). That may not sound like Chekhov — or at least it doesn't sound like the mannered translations that often pass as Chekhov. But in Sarah Ruhl's fresh,…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

The Clean House. Hot young playwright Sarah Ruhl is on a roll. Still only in her mid-30s, she has won a MacArthur Genius Award; her recent production of In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), produced at Berkeley Rep,…
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Culture, Stagecap

The Clean House

Hot young playwright Sarah Ruhl is on a roll. Still only in her mid-30s, she has won a MacArthur Genius Award; her recent production of In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), produced at Berkeley Rep, is about to…
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Culture, Stage Women on the Verge

Women on the Verge

The term "female hysteria" isn't fashionable these days. Bringing to mind unkempt women flailing about drenched on windswept moors or gibbering in attics dressed in mothballed wedding gowns, the phrase seems anachronistic at best and at worst, sexist. Yet for…
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Culture, Stage One Step Beyond

One Step Beyond

Here's the point: When the brief, intense, intermissionless, odd, and in some ways very formal Eurydice ended on the night I attended at the Berkeley Rep, half the audience was crying. Everyone knew how it would turn out; reworking a…
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