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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Bruja</em> at the Magic Theatre: A Contemporary, Bewitching Take on the Plight of Immigrants

Bruja at the Magic Theatre: A Contemporary, Bewitching Take on the Plight of Immigrants

Luis Alfaro and Loretta Greco have done it again. The playwright-director collaboration last triumphed at the Magic Theatre in 2010 with Oedipus el Rey, a taut, Will Glickman Award-winning drama that reimagined the Oedipus myth in a contemporary Hispanic…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Good Goods</em> at Crowded Fire Not Great Great, But Shows Promise

Good Goods at Crowded Fire Not Great Great, But Shows Promise

Christina Anderson's Good Goods, now in its West Coast premiere directed by Marissa Wolf for Crowded Fire, exudes a sense of timelessness, in many senses of the word. Her play takes place in the rural South and is steeped in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Billy Elliot</em> at the Orpheum Theatre Delivers the Brassy Broadway Goods

Billy Elliot at the Orpheum Theatre Delivers the Brassy Broadway Goods

Billy Elliot Through September 17 at Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market (at Hyde), S.F. Tickets are $35-$200; visit www.shnsf.com. When I first saw the film version of Billy Elliot back in 2000, I found it a bit treacly and unconvincing. I…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Boxcar Theatre's <em>Little Shop of Horrors</em> Feeds Us Wicked Fun

Boxcar Theatre's Little Shop of Horrors Feeds Us Wicked Fun

Little Shop of Horrors Through June 26 at Boxcar Playhouse, 505 Natoma (at 6th), SF. $20-50; 776-1747 www.boxcartheatre.org. For this production of the campy classic, the inventive Boxcar Theatre converts their entire space, including lobby and outdoor façade, into…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Tales of the City</i> at A.C.T.: A Fitfully Entertaining Love Letter to Yesteryear's Bohemians and Sodomites

Tales of the City at A.C.T.: A Fitfully Entertaining Love Letter to Yesteryear's Bohemians and Sodomites

Tales of the City Through July 10 at American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), S.F. Tickets are $40-$127; call 749-2228 or visit www.act-sf.org. NOTE: A full-length version of this review will appear in print and online on June…
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