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Culture, Stage Short Russian Dramas: Berkeley Rep Uses the World's Most Famous Dancer to Tell Some Chekhov Tales

Short Russian Dramas: Berkeley Rep Uses the World's Most Famous Dancer to Tell Some Chekhov Tales

Two shadowy, seductive short stories by Russian author Anton Chekhov are the heartbeat of Man in a Case, the arresting production running at Berkeley Repertory Theatre through Feb. 16. Adapted and directed by Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Big Dance Theater's Annie-B Parson…
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Calendar, Night&Day Chekhov at Warp Speed

Chekhov at Warp Speed

Anton Chekhov is not an easy sell for the YouTube generation. The Russian playwright and author specialized in drawn-out tragedy that mirrored real life in his native country around the turn of the 20th century. His plays move slowly, and…
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Culture, Stage "Seagull" still strikes a nerve in Shotgun's modern-day adaptation

"Seagull" still strikes a nerve in Shotgun's modern-day adaptation

I'm not sure why anyone assumes that we need modern rewrites of powerful plays. A few months back, I saw Luis Alfaro's much-praised adaptation of Oedipus Rex at Magic Theatre, which reimagined everyone's favorite incestuous monarch as an ex-con. That…
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Calendar, Night&Day It's The Little Things

It's The Little Things

Trifles is a great old play about why men are stupid. Or else it applies generally to the way powerful people overlook the obvious concerns of the less powerful — and the sad, severe consequences. Hey, we just made playwright…
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Also Playing

An Anonymous Story by Anton Chekhov. Why turn a Chekhov story into a play? It can't just be because Central Works' stately but somehow cozy space in the Julia Morgan–designed Berkeley City Club works so well as a Russian drawing…
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Also Playing

An Anonymous Story by Anton Chekhov. Why turn a Chekhov story into a play? It can't just be because Central Works' stately but somehow cozy space in the Julia Morgan–designed Berkeley City Club works so well as a Russian drawing…
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Film, Paul Giamatti's wit is the heart of <i>Cold Souls</i>

Paul Giamatti's wit is the heart of Cold Souls

Sophie Barthes' clever metaphysical comedy Cold Souls has been dubbed Being Paul Giamatti more than once since its Sundance 2009 debut. But if comparisons to the films of Charlie Kaufman are inevitable, the similarities only go so far. Sure, Paul…
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Calendar, Night&Day Soul Man

Soul Man

Sophie Barthes's clever metaphysical comedy Cold Souls has been dubbed "Being Paul Giamatti" more than once since its Sundance 2009 debut. But if comparisons to the films of Charlie Kaufman are inevitable, the similarities only go so far. Sure, Paul…
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Mimetic

According to the dictionary, "mimetic" means "imitative." Given that this original play is set primarily at the San Francisco Zoo, the title could be referring to the actors mimicking animals. Or maybe the performers are playing animals mimicking humans. After…
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Culture, Stage <i>The Crowd You're in With</i> More Clich&eacute; Than Cathartic

The Crowd You're in With More Cliché Than Cathartic

Every now and then, a play comes along that makes a mark on theater history, a play with a message so profound and impact so great that it alters the way we think about the world. The Crowd You're in…
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Uncle Vanya

It's a wonder that Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya isn't produced more frequently in the Bay Area. Although the script was written in late 19th-century Russia, it's hard to imagine a place in this world that could relate better than Berkeley…
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Stage

Where the Wild Things Are "Animal Acts." Directed by Stephen Pelton. Performed by the Stephen Pelton Dance Theater, featuring Pelton, Private Freeman, and Katie Moremen. Music by Odile Lavault and Charlton Lee. At Z Space Studio, 1360 Mission (at 10th…
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Night + Day

Wednesday April 7 Get on the Bus New York isn't just a location in Bennett Miller's documentary The Cruise; it's more like a central character with whom Miller's protagonist, Timothy "Speed" Levitch, has a consuming love-hate affair. Levitch is a…
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The Long Night of the Iguana The Night of the Iguana. By Tennessee Williams. Directed by Keith Phillips and James Palermo. Starring Catherine Castellanos, Chris Phillips, Yulah Cochran, and Bruce Mackey. At the Actors Theater, 533 Sutter (at Mason), through…
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