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Culture, Stage Desperate Times: Female Playwrights Chronicle Painful Ordeals in Two of the Fiercest Plays in Town

Desperate Times: Female Playwrights Chronicle Painful Ordeals in Two of the Fiercest Plays in Town

At the close of Chasing Mehserle, a new play by Chinaka Hodge at Intersection for the Arts, the all-black ensemble clusters and speaks in unison: "My name is Oscar Grant. Please don't shoot." It could have been any of them,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Seminar" at the SF Playhouse Deals with Writers' Fragile Egos

"Seminar" at the SF Playhouse Deals with Writers' Fragile Egos

Director and San Jose State theater professor Amy Glazer is beyond enthusiastic about her latest project, Theresa Rebeck's "Seminar," which opens at the San Francisco Playhouse today. "To work on a jewel of a play with a writer I…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>The Understudy</i> Reveals Theater World's Tension, Angst -- and Humor

The Understudy Reveals Theater World's Tension, Angst -- and Humor

At times, The Understudy suffers from the cutesy, pandering quality that occurs in "theater about theater" these days. For every joke about why anyone would want to steal someone else's Actor's Equity card or the stoner who's always up in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Seducing Charlie Barker</i>'s Amy Glazer Talks About Meaninglessness, Media, and Women in Film

Seducing Charlie Barker's Amy Glazer Talks About Meaninglessness, Media, and Women in Film

Amy Glazer, a theater and film professor at San Jose State University, has directed plays for Bay Area theaters including the Magic Theatre, Traveling Jewish Theatre, SF Playhouse and Marin Theatre Company. She has also made films based on plays…
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Culture, Stage "What We're Up Against" and "Collapse": Unlikely Comedies

"What We're Up Against" and "Collapse": Unlikely Comedies

History may be a fiction, but it's a sustainable fiction." Nobody talks like that in corporate America — they're all too busy figuring out how to include words like "leverage" and "scalability" in their PowerPoint slides. Even at so-called "creative"…
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Also Playing

The Scene. Theresa Rebeck's 2006 drama bears many of the traditional hallmarks of a daytime soap. Set in various glamorous New York lofts, the play takes as its departure point a chance meeting at a party between out-of-work, married actor…
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Culture, Stage SF Playhouse's <i>The Scene</i> Too Much Like Daytime TV

SF Playhouse's The Scene Too Much Like Daytime TV

All too often, it seems, I condemn stage productions for resembling television soap operas. It's a boring tic I share with other theater reviewers; I'm sure many readers out there wish we would spend less time comparing plays to TV…
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Sunday on the Rocks

Theresa Rebeck's intelligent but ultimately unsatisfying script gets a remarkable production by the erinys theater troupe and director Zanne Gerrard. Elly (Arwen Anderson), an unhappy ad copywriter, lives in a cheap rental with three other women. She begins this particular…
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