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Culture, Stage Sexuality Deferred: American Playwrights Retread the Same Story About Repressed Women Breaking Free. It's Time for Another Narrative.

Sexuality Deferred: American Playwrights Retread the Same Story About Repressed Women Breaking Free. It's Time for Another Narrative.

At the end of The Cable Car Nymphomaniac, a world premiere and the inaugural production of FOGG Theatre, and Late: A Cowboy Song, which was written in 2003 and is now playing at Custom Made Theatre Company, you might feel…
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Culture, Stage Toward Three Dimensions: Two New Trope-Smashing Plays

Toward Three Dimensions: Two New Trope-Smashing Plays

If you don't know the trope behind the title of Manic Pixie Dream Girl, a world premiere by Katie May now at the Costume Shop, the play features a lengthy diatribe that both defines and contextualizes it. Porter Price (played…
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Culture, Stage American Dreams: Two Plays Address Our Hopes and Fears

American Dreams: Two Plays Address Our Hopes and Fears

Early in the second act of Superior Donuts, produced by Custom Made Theatre Company, Arthur (Don Wood) explains how his immigrant heritage shaped his consciousness: "The root of the Polish character," he says, "is hopelessness." In Wood's compelling portrayal, Arthur,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: <i>Superior Donuts</i>

Video of the Day: Superior Donuts

If you looked just at the dramatis personae in Tracy Letts' Superior Donuts, which premieres tonight at Custom Made Theatre Company, you might think it easy to peg. Arthur (Don Wood) is a draft-dodging hippie who hasn't altered his Uptown,…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Hole Shebang

The Hole Shebang

If you looked just at the dramatis personae in Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts, which premieres tonight at Custom Made Theatre Company, you might think it easy to peg. Arthur (Don Wood) is a draft-dodging hippie who hasn’t altered his Uptown,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pretty Piece of Flesh

Pretty Piece of Flesh

Custom Made’s production of The Merchant of Venice represents at least two theatrical milestones. Not only is it the theater company’s first Shakespeare production; it’s also the first time this play has been fully produced in San Francisco city limits…
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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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Calendar, Night&Day Technological Difficulty

Technological Difficulty

Marcus is a 17-year-old hacker – er, high school student – living in San Francisco in the near future. And like any smart hacker – uh, teenager – he lives for technological challenges such as bypassing, disabling, and otherwise eluding…
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Calendar, Night&Day Web of Absurdity

Web of Absurdity

Consider the spider. Now, we’re not among those people who have nightmares about spiders. We’re okay with the little critters. But we also don’t hold them up as miraculous and sacred. Which is another way of saying, we don’t really…
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