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Fiona Gow 

Calendar, Night&Day War and Peace

War and Peace

Since 9/11, public opinion on the Middle East has been pushed and pulled in every imaginable direction. East Bay theater company Golden Thread Productions is intent on debunking some of the stereotypes that the popular media create. In ReOrient 2002,…
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Culture, Stage

The Memorandum

Vaclav Havel's 1965 play is a provocative farce about a bureaucracy's attempts to improve communication by introducing an artificial language called Ptydep into the workplace. But to maintain the pristine order of Ptydep and to prevent it from developing nuances…
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Culture, Stage

Private Eyes

In Steven Dietz's Private Eyes, the stage turns on itself. Every time we feel we are witnessing the real story, a director steps in from the sidelines with his comments, rendering the scene a rehearsal and placing himself at the…
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Culture, Stage Stage Capsules

Stage Capsules

The House of Yes Wendy MacLeod's terrible play relies mostly on the "shocking" exposition of a past sin (brother-sister incest, ho-hum) and its consequences. Director Lori Glumac doesn't bring much to this dog, making a number of clumsy mistakes herself:…
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Transcendental Wild Oats In 1843, Bronson Alcott dragged his family, including daughter Louisa, to a farm near Harvard to found an experiment in transcendental utopianism he called "Fruitlands." Supported in the project by Englishman Charles Lane, he and his benefactor…
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Calendar, Night&Day Circus for a New Age

Circus for a New Age

Old-time circuses that marqueed daredevil performers like Lillian Leitzel, the aerial stunt artist who lost her life to her art, or Isaac Van Amburgh, the first human to stick his head in a lion's mouth, have no place in the…
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Culture, Stage

Stage Capsules

Dream Boy It seems likely that before Eric Rosen wrote the script for Dream Boy, he jotted down a list of items that would give his play Southern Gothic appeal: Cemeteries, ghosts, religious zealots, murder, and abandoned plantations pop up…
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Stage Capsules

jaywalking On NPR a few years ago, Marga Gomez seemed personable and sly, but live in her latest piece she's unbelievably amateurish and stiff. She speaks in awkward chunks of words, separated by ill-timed pauses that chop up the natural…
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Stage Capsules

New Wrinkles Morris Bobrow, Rita Abrams, and former Chron theater critic Gerald Nachman's new comedy revue about middle age is well-staged, clever, and inoffensively entertaining. It's also unilluminating. Comedy canards that appeared in Erma Bombeck columns 20 years ago (like…
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Glory Box Tim Miller, who lost an NEA grant because of his work's gay themes, has manipulated that setback to great personal and political advantage. His latest piece examines the threat that his Australian lover, Alistair, might be deported, thus…
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