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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Mothers and Sons</i>: Riveting Drama Opens at New Conservatory Theater

Mothers and Sons: Riveting Drama Opens at New Conservatory Theater

The cast received well deserved applause after Saturday's opening night performance of Terrence McNally's Mothers and Sons at New Conservatory Theater. The award winning playwright has written a spellbinding drama which paints an accurate portrait of the emotional anguish of those who survived the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Don't Mess With Jesus

Don't Mess With Jesus

Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi, a play that envisions Jesus as a gay man in 1950s Texas, has created just as much drama offstage as on since its 1998 premiere. The original Manhattan Theatre Club production generated so much outcry —…
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Calendar, Night&Day India's Contradictions Captured

India's Contradictions Captured

The experience of modern-day India is nearly impossible to describe to a Westerner. It is simultaneously spiritual and maddening. This production of Terrence McNally’s 1993 play, A Perfect Ganesh, beautifully and achingly captures India’s contradictions and allure. It’s a familiar…
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Bad Habits

This is the inaugural production of new Bay Area-based theater company Square Mama. Its mission is to revive plays that, for one reason or another, closed on Broadway or never made it to San Francisco before getting due acclaim. This…
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Calendar, Night&Day Holy Christi

Holy Christi

In 1998, Terrence McNally's play about the life of Jesus, Corpus Christi, opened in New York to protests, bomb threats, and general right-wing horror-show outrage, then went on to stir up the same stuff around the world, even earning McNally…
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Oh, Christi

In the late 1990s, Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi opened in New York City. Because it is a play in which Jesus is portrayed as a gay man (and crucified for it), Catholic groups threatened to bomb the theater. This was…
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Corpus Christi

Obviously, all the outraged folks screaming sacrilege over The Da Vinci Code haven't seen Terrence McNally's play Corpus Christi. When it was produced on Broadway in 1998, there were threats to burn down the theater, kill its staff, and exterminate…
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Culture, Stage Only Disconnect

Only Disconnect

Human beings, especially in the West, are obsessed with making connections. There's something very life affirming, it seems, about being able to draw a line between two formerly isolated phenomena and call it a theory. As the old journalistic saying…
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So Cheap It's Free

On and around Oct. 20, 85 theaters across the Bay Area will open their doors to the public at no cost as part of the "Free Night of Theater" campaign aimed at expanding stage audiences. I'm not talking about a…
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Master Class

One reason people use the word "diva" too often nowadays is that the notion of great women being defined by great performances has made great fodder for modern dramatists. Not far beneath Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard, the pinnacle of diva…
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A Man of No Importance

The man in question is a Dublin bus conductor, Alfie Byrne, who tries to mount an amateur production of Oscar Wilde's Salomé at his local church in 1964. He's unmarried and middle-aged, which makes him queer enough in Irish-Catholic eyes;…
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The Ritz

Terrence McNally's farce about dull Mafioso types infiltrating a gay bathhouse in 1977 is the sort of trashy but hilarious mutant you'd expect from a mating of mob comedy with Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear. Gaetano Proclo believes the…
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Corpus Christi

Terrence McNally's 1998 play is like those paintings that portray Jesus as African or Latin -- an attempt to expand the meaning of "created in his image" -- but where those attempts broaden, Corpus Christi shrinks and excludes. Despite McNally's…
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Short Stage Reviews

"Sudden Pictures" Erica Essner has been floating in the early/midcareer choreographer's nether world at least since her first full-evening program at Theater Artaud five years ago, when she was still committed to socio-political text-laden works influenced by Joe Goode. Though…
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Stage Capsules

Give Me Shelter Wendy Weiner's sweet, slight solo show suggests friendship is more important than a space to call your own. While searching for her first Manhattan apartment, Diana, who remains unseen by the audience, encounters various oddballs, all portrayed…
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Revised Viewing Standards

Sprung Directed by Rusty Cundieff. Written by Cundieff and Darin Scott. Starring Cundieff, Tisha Campbell, Paula Jai Parker, and Joe Torry. Opens Friday, May 16, at the Galaxy. Love! Valour! Compassion! Directed by Joe Mantello. Written by Terrence McNally, from…
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Behind the Scenes

Love! Valour! Compassion! By Terrence McNally. Directed by Warner Shook. At the Berkeley Repertory Theater, 2025 Addison, Berkeley, through Jan. 3. Call (510) 845-4700. There's a point in the second act of Berkeley Rep's lovingly rendered production of Love! Valour!…
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