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Calendar, Night&Day Unfriendly Skies

Unfriendly Skies

Loveland, Ohio, is the birthplace for two wonders of the unnatural world: the Loveland Frog, a 4-foot-tall creature that is equal parts human and lizard, and comedian Ann Randolph. Though you might presume the frog is the stranger phenomenon, don't…
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Calendar, Night&Day Die Laughing

Die Laughing

Paul Mazursky turned 80 in April, but the writer-director of Next Stop, Greenwich Village, and Down and Out in Beverly Hills — and author of one of the most enjoyably anecdote-packed Hollywood memoirs ever, 1999’s Show Me the Magic —…
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Culture, Encore

More Theater Reviews

Shopping! The Musical. Some theater types want to be Hamlet; others want to be Liza Minnelli. The smiling, hardworking performers in this musical revue definitely fall into the latter category. Lyricist-composer Morris Bobrow uses his infectious, irreverent humor to great…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Muppet Movie</i>

The Muppet Movie

In the first-ever Muppets film, Dom DeLuise convinces Kermit to go to Hollywood. And then: shenanigans! Fozzie Bear is terrific in a role that was made for him, and Miss Piggy shines onscreen, happier than a pig in shit. Features…
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Calendar, Night&Day What Am I, Chopped Liver?

What Am I, Chopped Liver?

When the first one closed, the neighborhood thought, “Everyone has to retire sometime.” But that one was followed by another, and another, and pretty soon, in their place was a big-box supermarket or one of those places with kombucha on…
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Film, <i>Bruno</i>: Not quite as funny as <i>Borat</i>

Bruno: Not quite as funny as Borat

"Heterosexuals can't understand camp because everything they do is camp," opined an associate of the old Playhouse of the Ridiculous, a New York theater known for its good-natured, anarchic sexual farce — a piece like Turds in Hell, which offered…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Muppet Movie

The Muppet Movie

In the first-ever Muppets film, Dom DeLuise convinces Kermit to go to Hollywood, and then, shenanigans! Fozzie Bear is terrific in a role that was made for him, and Miss Piggy shines onscreen, happier than a pig in shit. Features…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Dream Come True

A Dream Come True

We just found out (whoops!) that actress Anne Bancroft died in 2005. We are sad, of course, but also pissed since we had been secretly planning to write brilliant roles for her, or make something that would please her in…
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Music, All Shook Down Gene Wilder Revisits Young Frankenstein at Castro Theatre March 19

Gene Wilder Revisits Young Frankenstein at Castro Theatre March 19

The legendary actor from several Mel Brooks classics makes a visit to SF this month. Gene Wilder will be at the Castro Theatre on the 19th to field questions from all you comedy dorks, but only after a screening…
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Culture, Stage Swoosh Buckling

Swoosh Buckling

If I could find two words to link several otherwise very different productions I've seen over the past few weeks, they would be "Dick" and "Cheney." From The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee to Voyeurs de Venus, playwright Lydia…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Some Kind of Joke

Some Kind of Joke

The Mel Brooks Collection (Fox) Talk about taking the good with the bad; how else to describe a boxed set containing Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein (Brooks' silly masterpieces), and Robin Hood: Men in Tights and History of the World,…
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Film, Talkin' 'Bot Love

Talkin' 'Bot Love

"From the creators of Ice Age," boasts the poster for Robots, which is no ringing endorsement. That 2002 animated feature, a sort of Three Mammals and a Baby in a prehistoric setting, looked and felt every bit as frigid as…
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Culture, Stage

The Producers

Sure, it's Mel Brooks; sure, it started as a now-ancient film; and sure, taking it seriously just kills the fun. But The Producers feels old. You have the tasteless flaming queers, the busty flute-voiced Swedish blonde, the boobie jokes, the…
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Calendar, Kid Stuff Time Out for Mime

Time Out for Mime

Marcel Marceau takes his bow SUN 4/13 Children are among the few who can enjoy French mime Marcel Marceau unironically: The rest of us have been ruined by mimecidal pop culture (think Shakes the Clown) and by the American boycott…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Breaking Out of the Box

Mime jokes have their moments (think Robin Williams as a sadistic mime teacher in Shakes the Clown), but the famous French mime Marcel Marceau got the last laugh in Mel Brooks' Silent Movie with the film's only speaking part. It…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night + Day

Wednesday September 16 Where Diction Meets Fiction Viewers won't find household-name playwrights at the Bay Area Playwrights' Festival, although for the last 21 years, participants have argued over, praised, and reshaped work by playwrights who later became famous, like Sam…
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