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Culture, Stage The Price of Everything: Tony Kushner Writes an Epic for the Stage

The Price of Everything: Tony Kushner Writes an Epic for the Stage

Behemoth in duration(nearly four hours), Pulitzer-award winning playwright Tony Kushner's long-awaited West Coast premiere, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, clutches in its literary grasp everything from George Bernard Shaw (Shaw wrote…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tony Kushner Wrestles with Angels and Politics in "The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures"

Tony Kushner Wrestles with Angels and Politics in "The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures"

Winner of two Tony Awards, three Obies, an Emmy and a Pulitzer Prize, Tony Kushner probably remains best known for "Angels in America," his two-part epic play that involves love, loss, Mormonism, Valium addiction, imaginary trips to the Antarctic,…
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Culture, Stage "A Bright Room Called Day": Production Is Unequal to the Play

"A Bright Room Called Day": Production Is Unequal to the Play

In his pre-show speech, director Brian Katz warns us that his production of A Bright Room Called Day at the Custom Made Theatre Co. runs two hours and 40 minutes with intermission — what he calls "short for a Tony…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Al Pacino and Tony Kushner to Attend Premiere of <em>Wilde Salom&eacute;</em> at the Castro Theatre

Al Pacino and Tony Kushner to Attend Premiere of Wilde Salomé at the Castro Theatre

Rumors were confirmed last week that Al Pacino will be at the Castro Theater later this month for the U.S. premiere of his new film about Oscar Wilde's controversial and once-banned 1893 play, Salomé. Also appearing is playwright and screenwriter…
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Calendar, Night&Day Angels, Resurrected

Angels, Resurrected

There’s almost no end of dramatic adjectives that can be applied to the San Francisco LGBT community’s response to the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and early 1990s. On health care, political, community, and creative fronts, the mobilization was swift,…
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Culture, Stage "... and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi" falls short of epic ambitions

"... and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi" falls short of epic ambitions

Since the early 1990s, just about any American playwright of even moderate ambition has dreamed of writing the next Angels in America. Tony Kushner's two-part "gay fantasia" made its world premiere at San Francisco's Eureka Theatre Company in 1991, eventually…
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Culture, Stagecap

Slavs!

Tony Kushner's quirky rumination on the political fate of Russia in the 1980s and 1990s could easily be seen as nothing more than a clever intellectual exercise. Yet the combination of our own heady political times and the snappy production…
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Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr2006@yahoo.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to sfweekly.com.…
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Culture, Stage Smiles, Everyone

Smiles, Everyone

There's nothing quite like a group of children singing their little hearts out onstage to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. From the orphans in Oliver! and Annie to The Sound of Music's pigtailed and lederhosen-wearing Von Trapps,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Flight of the <i>Brundibar</i>

Flight of the Brundibar

Pepicek and Aninku are down on their luck. The troubled Czech children have a sick mom at home who needs milk, but they haven't a crown to their names. What's worse is that the local organ grinder -- a mean…
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Culture, Stage Sweet Sounds

Sweet Sounds

A few weeks after the musical drama Caroline, or Change opened on Broadway last year, Tony Kushner, who wrote the book and lyrics for this semiautobiographical work, described his disappointment over the lumping of the play into the "musicals" category…
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Culture, Stage Bring Us In

Bring Us In

Controversy is so rare on Broadway that some theatergoers forget that their overpriced tickets don't always entitle them to comfortable seats. Rock musicals, anniversary revivals, extended pee jokes, outrages by John Waters, and other faux controversies have steeled audiences against…
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Culture, Stage Angels in Berlin

Angels in Berlin

The going line on Tony Kushner is that he's our generation's George Bernard Shaw -- "a gracious, slightly capricious, yet perennially outraged commentator with one foot in politics and the other in the arts," is how a writer for LA…
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Culture, Stage Angels in Afghanistan

Angels in Afghanistan

Homebody/Kabul is better than Angels in America. Exaggeration? Well, no. I didn't like Angels in America, so I may be damning with faint praise. But after eight years of wishy-washy work Tony Kushner is now back in form with an…
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Calendar, Night&Day Quintessential Kushner

Quintessential Kushner

Tony Kushner's newest play started making headlines well before it had its world premiere in New York back in December. The reasons why are obvious: The majority of the story takes place in Afghanistan and revolves around life under the…
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Culture, Stage

Proof

Proof is the latest in a line of garlanded disappointments from Broadway. Last season it won a Tony, a Pulitzer, and various critics' awards for best original script, but only, it seems, because it stood out in the field of…
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Angels in America

If Tony Kushner's epic fantasia is really the greatest play of its generation -- as its critical champions and two Tony Awards suggest -- we're in a lot of trouble. It hasn't aged well. The Actors' Theater of Santa Rosa…
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Night & Day

Wednesday April 14 Tony! Tony! Tony! Millennial anxiety is spectacularly realized in Tony Kushner's two-part theatrical epic Angels in America, when, at the end of the first part, an angel crashes through a Manhattan ceiling to visit a young man…
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Tanya, Eureka Find a Place to Call Home

The Eureka Theater may be best known to longtime locals as the San Francisco company that helped Tony Kushner develop Angels in America. The Eureka commissioned the show and gave it its first premiere in 1989, on a stage in…
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Culture, Stage

Stage

Past Perfect Hydriotaphia, or The Death of Dr. Browne: An Epic Farce About Death and Primitive Capital Accumulation in Five Scenes. Written by Tony Kushner. Directed by Ethan McSweeny. Starring Jonathan Hadary, Anika Noni Rose, Shelley Williams, Rod Gnapp, and…
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