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Blood Simple: Plebotomist goes for the neck

Phlebotomist Ian Sedigh may not be as familiar to readers as crime-lab rogue Deborah Madden, but he's notorious among some defense attorneys and prosecutors. Sedigh works for Arcadia Health Care, the company contracted by the San Francisco Police Department to…
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Aisle Seat

Tempestuosity Shakespeare is no easy thing for post-Stanislavskian actors. If he's not giving them unmotivated evil -- think Othello or The Winter's Tale -- there's the problem of characters whose speeches are wildly uncharacteristic; recall Gertrude's poetic description of the…
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Power Stirring

Early in the first scene of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia (now in its West Coast premiere in a splendid ACT production directed by Carey Perloff), a brilliant 13-year-old observes to her youthful tutor, "You cannot stir things apart." Thomasina (Tina Jones)…
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What the Future Holds

August in New York. Early morning 80-degree temperatures that swiftly rise to the upper 90s. Sweltering subway platforms and inadequately air-conditioned trains. Wilting trees in a surprisingly green Central Park -- its lawns are being carefully reseeded -- and everywhere…
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Carey Nation

Carey Perloff was running a risk, and it scared her. Well into May, the artistic director of American Conservatory Theater had not yet secured rights to Arcadia, the latest Tom Stoppard sensation playing London and New York, which she had…
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