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Culture, The Exhibitionist Drink Your (Expired?) Juice at <i>Stale Magnolias</i>

Drink Your (Expired?) Juice at Stale Magnolias

One of the more quotable films of the late '80s, Steel Magnolias has a cast that feels like a once-per-century cosmic alignment: Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Darryl Hannah, and doomed diabetic daughter Julia Roberts (along…
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Calendar, Night&Day Yes You Cancan

Yes You Cancan

Despite modern burlesque's associations with elegantly taking one's clothes off before a live audience of hooters and hollerers, burlesque is an art form that was originally intended to make us laugh. The word itself derives from the Italian burlesco,…
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Film, Film Feature

Stage and Screen: The PlayGround Film Festival Commits Plays to Celluloid

Anthology films are always a dicey proposition (witness last year's disjointed and overly slick Stars in Shorts), but the second annual PlayGround Film Festival gets it right. Featuring six short films based on equally short plays by Bay Area playwrights…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Cora Values Reads Steamy Romace Literature at the Gas 'n' Gulp

Cora Values Reads Steamy Romace Literature at the Gas 'n' Gulp

Playwright and performer Sean Owens knows theatrical camp. We think it's safe to say he is theatrical camp. He created and acted out the role of a randy seafarer called Black Dick in Naught but Pirate. He was one of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Drag It Up

Drag It Up

Playwright and performer Sean Owens knows theatrical camp. We think it's safe to say he is theatrical camp. He created and acted out the role of a randy seafarer called Black Dick in Naught but Pirate. He was one of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Truckstop Dickens

Truckstop Dickens

If you prefer your Dickens served with a side of hash browns, then Cora Values' Christmas Corral might just be your new favorite Christmas show. Sean Owens, playwright-in-residence at EXIT Theatre, returns for another holiday gig as Cora Values, proprietress…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dames on the TL

Dames on the TL

Urban developers can dress her up and change her name, but the Tenderloin’s preferred eau de parfum will always be fortified wine and a quick buck — history and habits which have been hard to shake. Despite ongoing attempts to…
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Culture, Stage Sean Owens explores the virtues of a drag queen's best friend in <i>Stale Magnolias</i>

Sean Owens explores the virtues of a drag queen's best friend in Stale Magnolias

It's astonishing how much of our identity is wrapped up in our hair. Samson depended on his luscious locks for strength; when Delilah gave the Biblical hero a buzz-cut, his virility instantly vanished. In the cult British movie Withnail &…
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Calendar, Night&Day More Cowbell

More Cowbell

Years ago, someone said a word, perhaps the word "Wow," that changed everything, because it was the first Christopher Walken impression. We don't know who this person was, or if it was any good. Probably it was bad. But bad…
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Calendar, Night&Day She Takes Many Forms

She Takes Many Forms

The seventh instance of Divafest, the locally produced women's theater festival, comes at you from all over the place. Seattle's Nebunele Theatre company brings Medea Knows Best by Claytie Mason and Alissa Mortenson, an ancient Greek story updated with doo-wop…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gimme a "G!"

Gimme a "G!"

There's a little disagreement over the organization of the Ethical Decalogue in the Old Testament. (Is coveting your neighbors' wife and house one sin or two?) In any case, Anglicans, Jews, Catholics, and Lutherans alike seem to agree that a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Going Live

Going Live

Between the 1920s and 1940s, audio theater in every form enjoyed an ardent following, but imagination and inventive Foley artists were no competition for the flicker and flash of the boob tube. By the 1950s, only a few of the…
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Culture, Stage Butt Pirates

Butt Pirates

Of all the urban legends surrounding British children's television series, the myth concerning Captain Pugwash has to be one of the most enduring. Whether it was a 1970s English comedian or underground 'zine of the era that started the rumor…
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Culture, Stagecap

DIVAfest Cabaret: Sassy & Seductive

This short and sweet one-hour cabaret returns as part of the larger DIVAfest and is presented in the back room of the old Original Joe's Italian Restaurant down in the Tenderloin. As the title suggests, this evening is all about…
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Nothing Natural About It

Last year, Sean Owens produced a theatrical soiree made up of a series of short plays so dementedly different that looking back on the experience, it's a wonder that the constituent parts of Odd By Nature fitted together into a…
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Culture, Stage I Am Woman

I Am Woman

Once upon a time, becoming a diva depended upon more than making it to the semifinals of Pop Idol or appearing on the cover of Hello! The original diva — as derived from the Latin term for goddess and meaning…
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Culture, Stage

Gogol

Like the movie Kafka, Gogol is not a biography of the writer in question so much as a mélange of his stories. Jason Craig and Sean Owens have mixed "The Overcoat," "The Nose," and "Diary of a Madman" in a…
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