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Culture, Stage Smudged <i>Circle</i>

Smudged Circle

Bertolt Brecht's last great play, written for Broadway in the '40s with the idea of teaching well-heeled Americans about property rights, premiered at Minnesota's Carleton College in 1948. To make it work on Broadway, Brecht had even thrown in a…
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Culture, Stage The Business of War

The Business of War

"Damn this fucking war," says Mother Courage in a moment of clarity, just after she gets through damning an imminent peace. The heroine of Bertolt Brecht's great protest play is an army-supply merchant, pulling her rickety wagon along the fringes…
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Culture, Stage Stillborn

Stillborn

"Like most of Albee's work," the critic Robert Brustein wrote last year, "The Play About the Baby is three parts charlatanism, two parts pretension, and one part genius." The genius part is for the actors to snuffle out, like…
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Culture, Stage Silly Sooth

Silly Sooth

This world premiere of an absurd little comedy by Adam Bock was supposed to be the Shotgun Players' shining graduation from 10 years of nomadic theater into a new life as a troupe with an address, an established company with…
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Culture, Stage The Babes  of War

The Babes of War

Since the Shotgun Players are the only local theater troupe to rearrange their season in response to Sept. 11, and since There Will Be No Trojan War is witty, durable, pacifist -- worth mounting even in peacetime -- it seems…
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Culture, Stage Wild Women

Wild Women

Not even Tarantino can match the Greeks for brutal gore. Homer, Sophocles, Euripides, and the rest have an almost lurid taste for showing mangled bodies, broken skulls, lanced-out eyes, and bloody spears. The difference is that Greek savagery is never…
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