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Film, Just a Bowl Full of Sugar

Just a Bowl Full of Sugar

In a mid-1980s Saturday Night Live sketch, Julia Louis-Dreyfus played a college freshman home for Thanksgiving. Dressed in a tie-dyed T-shirt and full of newfound contempt for her parents' lifestyle, money, and morals, she screamed, "I won't eat your bourgeois…
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Indiscretions (Les Parents Terribles)

Jean Cocteau's marvelous play has a conventional construction but contains emotions and undercurrents and reverberations that are anything but. The Marin Theater Company and director Amy Glazer use Jeremy Samm's 1994 translation and heighten the farcical, comic aspects of the…
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Culture Clash: Mission Magic Mystery Tour

In this world-premiere commission for Brava, the famed Latino comedy troupe Culture Clash combines music, poetry, video, comedy, and dramatic vignettes to create a loving, sometimes impudent portrait of its favorite S.F. neighborhood. The show is at its best when…
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Rhinoceros

Ionesco's absurdist, anti-totalitarian fable about people turning into unthinking, individualistic rhinoceri has a better reputation than it probably deserves. (It's a pretty obvious conception.) Theater Rhinoceros and director Colman Domingo mount their namesake irreverently, turning it from a cautionary lesson…
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Waiting for Godot

What makes Samuel Beckett's masterpiece more than just a great example of absurdist theater is the compassion Beckett exhibits toward his two hapless protagonists. Waiting for Godot weds standard theatrical forms such as vaudeville and burlesque to a worldview that…
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Culture, Stage <i>A Karen Carpenter Christmas</i>

A Karen Carpenter Christmas

Writer/director Tom Ross' perennial holiday show at the Marsh (now in its eighth year) provides a lot of pleasure in its own small, dopey way. The Carpenters' bland songs never did much for me: Richard's immaculate production and Karen's smoothly…
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Triumph of Love

TheatreWorks stages this musical adaptation of Marivaux's comedy with real imagination and ingenuity. Fumiko Bielefeldt's costumes are beautiful, witty mixtures of 18th-century France and kitschy pop, and Joe Ragey's set wondrously progresses through each of the four seasons, ending with…
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I Married an Angel

Rodgers and Hart's 1938 musical is a precursor to films like Splash in which a man pines after an extraterrestrial love, who then appears and messes up his life. It features a truly lovely score -- from the melancholy "Spring…
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Sunday on the Rocks

Theresa Rebeck's intelligent but ultimately unsatisfying script gets a remarkable production by the erinys theater troupe and director Zanne Gerrard. Elly (Arwen Anderson), an unhappy ad copywriter, lives in a cheap rental with three other women. She begins this particular…
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The Importance of Being Earnest

ACT's MFA program tackles Oscar Wilde's comic masterpiece under the direction of Steve Cosson. As a showcase for the actors, it's relatively successful. Naomi Peters as Gwendolyn and Atosa Babaoff as Cecily approach perfection in their roles, employing impeccable timing.…
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Mimzabim!

This Subterranean Shakespeare/Climate Theater co-production of John O'Keefe's 1985 play has moved to the city after a stint in the East Bay. It's in a great SOMA space, the Omni Circus Theater, really a multiuse garage/studio in which paintings and…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    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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