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Culture, The Exhibitionist Mugwumpin' Theater Co Jabs Those Wonderful Summer Blockbusters

Mugwumpin' Theater Co Jabs Those Wonderful Summer Blockbusters

With Blockbuster Season, The Mugwumpin Theater Company has a blast spoofing those wonderfully cheesy summer blockbusters that crowd the multiplexes every year. You know the kind, those end-of-the-world chillers in which humankind faces total destruction from mega-quakes, 200-foot tsunamis, alien invasions, or…
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Culture, Stage A Bird's-Eye View: Drone Pilots and Pie-Makers Look for Deeper Meaning in the Domestic

A Bird's-Eye View: Drone Pilots and Pie-Makers Look for Deeper Meaning in the Domestic

Much of the way through Grounded, a stunning new play by George Brant at SF Playhouse, presented as part of its Sandbox Series, the unnamed young woman who is its sole character (Lauren English) says, "I see myself from above,"…
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Culture, Stage "A Lie of the Mind": The Boxcar Takes on Sam Shepard's America

"A Lie of the Mind": The Boxcar Takes on Sam Shepard's America

The opening moments of A Lie of the Mind, now at the Boxcar, stand among the most intense in all of theater. Jake (a feral Joe Estlack) retches in the dark, then tries to pound off the wall the pay…
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Calendar, Night&Day Underground Transmission

Underground Transmission

Nikola Tesla and the San Francisco Old Mint comprise an odd parallel. The inventor, a golden boy of the Gilded Age, pioneered technology in electricity and electromagnetism, yet he ended his life in poverty and obscurity. The “Granite Lady,” meanwhile,…
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Mrs. Warren's Profession

Approaching the plays of George Bernard Shaw as if they were typical 19th-century drawing-room dramas is like tying a lead weight to your foot before jumping in the pool. Sure, your swimming or theatrical talents might eventually get you to…
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611 $upreme

Unlike many of the new plays that regularly pop up around town, E. Hunter Spreen's 14-character foray into the modern worlds of politics and fanaticism is no spring picnic. Or, to say it like a true Californian: The play is…
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Hot 'n' Throbbing

The play sounds like a porno spoof or some schlocky thing with naked men at Theater Rhino, but it happens to be an eerily serious treatment of domestic violence by Paula Vogel. She likes broad cultural farce with serious undertones…
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