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Culture, Stage Marriage Customs: Crowded Fire's New Play Looks to an Italian Fabulist for a Story of Nostalgia and the Search for Love

Marriage Customs: Crowded Fire's New Play Looks to an Italian Fabulist for a Story of Nostalgia and the Search for Love

Crowded Fire Theater artistic director Marissa Wolf knew she wanted to produce her company's coming show, The Late Wedding, before she had even finished rehearsing her last show with the company, The Hundred Flowers Project. "We were sitting in tech…
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Culture, Stage Untameable: Lauren Gunderson Writes Just About Every Bay Area Play This Year

Untameable: Lauren Gunderson Writes Just About Every Bay Area Play This Year

Pick up a random Bay Area theater's brochure this year, and there's a surprisingly large chance you'll see the name Lauren Gunderson in it. The Georgia-born, NYU-educated playwright, who has lived in the Bay Area since 2009, has an unheard-of…
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Culture, Stage Growing Up, and Down: Two Mythic Shows Find Roundabout Paths to Adulthood

Growing Up, and Down: Two Mythic Shows Find Roundabout Paths to Adulthood

True grief does not often make it to our stages. Dramatists might romanticize it with keening, sobbing, or chest-stabbing, but the real, nasty thick of bereavement simply defies dramatization. For how long can you let audience members stew in a…
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Film, Film Feature

Stage and Screen: The PlayGround Film Festival Commits Plays to Celluloid

Anthology films are always a dicey proposition (witness last year's disjointed and overly slick Stars in Shorts), but the second annual PlayGround Film Festival gets it right. Featuring six short films based on equally short plays by Bay Area playwrights…
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Culture, Stage Underbelly Laughs: With Two S.F. Companies, You Can Never Be Sure that the Fellatio Isn't Real

Underbelly Laughs: With Two S.F. Companies, You Can Never Be Sure that the Fellatio Isn't Real

Many theater companies say that making "provocative" art is part of their mission. The Thrillpeddlers is one such company – depending on what you mean by "provocative." Founded in 1991, the Thrillpeddlers pay homage to two gratuitously sexy theater companies…
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Calendar, Night&Day When Saints Come Out

When Saints Come Out

The mission of Theatre Rhinoceros has long been to produce gay theater that doesn’t simplify complex issues — or, in the words of Artistic Director John Fisher, doesn’t “put a warm and fuzzy blanket over gay people.” In that spirit,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Just One MInute

Just One MInute

Life is a series of fleeting moments that we desperately — and fruitlessly — attempt to seize. For some, in fact, it will take longer to read this article than those serendipitous encounters and otherwise life-altering happenings. It seems certain…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Onstage Male Nudity

From veteran performance artist Karen Finley writhing around naked in chocolate sauce in her iconoclastic solo shows to Nicole Kidman's brief nude scene in David Hare's 1998 drama The Blue Room, the "serious" theater has long been a repository for…
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