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Calendar, Night&Day Debauchery Good Enough for a Second Look

Debauchery Good Enough for a Second Look

Combine Poe's The Masque of the Red Death with Fellini's La Dolce Vita, persuade most of your actors to show off their peens, then stage the whole thing as a '30s musical revue. You might end up with something like…
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Calendar, Night&Day Meditation on Losing Oneself

Meditation on Losing Oneself

If you're looking for a little more humanity and a little less apocalypse on the subject of endings, Geoff Hoyle's Geezer is a very funny one-man show about aging, decline, and death. It's back for another run after a successful…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dan Hoyle Gets <i>Real</i> on the Road

Dan Hoyle Gets Real on the Road

Self-absorbed coastal types have never been particularly good at understanding rural America, but the last decade seems to have intensified our bewilderment. And that bewilderment — that sense of alienation from how the other half of America thinks and lives…
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Culture, Stage "The Road to Hades": Unfunny Combo of Greek Drama and Fart Jokes

"The Road to Hades": Unfunny Combo of Greek Drama and Fart Jokes

According to the Greek war god Ares (John Mercer), "Gods don't make fart jokes." Maybe he should rethink that one. The current state of the world could only be devised by a higher power with a deep interest in toilet…
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Culture, Stage "Tigers Be Still": Hilarious Comedy Tinged with the Ache of Grief

"Tigers Be Still": Hilarious Comedy Tinged with the Ache of Grief

After she catches her fiancé sleeping with a podiatrist, Grace (Rebecca Schweitzer) spends her days cradling a bottle of Jack Daniel's on the couch. Occasionally she rouses herself to croon an off-key rendition of Bette Midler's "The Rose" into her…
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Culture, Stage "The Verona Project": Major Rewrite Actually Improves Shakespeare

"The Verona Project": Major Rewrite Actually Improves Shakespeare

Shakespeare wrote some weak endings in his time, but none so weak as what you'll find in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Considered by some critics to be the Bard's earliest play, Two Gentlemen concludes with a deeply weird reconciliation…
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Culture, Stage "2012 &#151; The Musical!": S.F. Mime Troupe Big on Idealogy, Short on Entertainment

"2012 — The Musical!": S.F. Mime Troupe Big on Idealogy, Short on Entertainment

In medieval England, townspeople would gather on festival days to see local guildsmen perform pageants based on stories from the Bible. These pageants, known as mystery plays, featured broad characterizations of heroes and villains, with vernacular dialogue punched up to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Billy Elliot</em> at the Orpheum Theatre Delivers the Brassy Broadway Goods

Billy Elliot at the Orpheum Theatre Delivers the Brassy Broadway Goods

Billy Elliot Through September 17 at Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market (at Hyde), S.F. Tickets are $35-$200; visit www.shnsf.com. When I first saw the film version of Billy Elliot back in 2000, I found it a bit treacly and unconvincing. I…
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Culture, Stage "Tales of the City": Musical Version of Maupin Is a Very Mixed Bag

"Tales of the City": Musical Version of Maupin Is a Very Mixed Bag

28 Barbary Lane just got a little bit gayer. At the beginning of June, American Conservatory Theater premiered a new musical based on Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City and More Tales of the City, with music and lyrics co-written…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist TheatreWorks' <i>[Title of Show]</i> Is Intelligent, Heartfelt, and Really Funny

TheatreWorks' [Title of Show] Is Intelligent, Heartfelt, and Really Funny

, now making its regional premiere at TheatreWorks in Mountain View, is one of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Tiny Alice</i> at Marin Theatre Company Feels Like the Edgiest Production of 1964

Tiny Alice at Marin Theatre Company Feels Like the Edgiest Production of 1964

Tiny Alice Through June 26 at Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller (at La Goma), Mill Valley. Tickets are $33-$53; call 415-388-5208 or visit www.marintheatre.org. From a historical perspective, Marin Theatre Company's production of Tiny Alice is kind of a big…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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