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The Vampires

Harry Kondoleon wrote 17 plays before dying of AIDS nine years ago, at the age of 39. His crazed young gay sensibility and early death have earned him comparisons to Joe Orton, the British playwright who died at the same…
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Culture, Stage Medea,  the Opera

Medea, the Opera

The Shotgun Players' new production of Medea takes place in the huge, decaying UC Theatre, on a round stage built in front of the spot where the movie screen used to hang. An antique organ sits across from a wall…
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Culture, Stage Silly Sooth

Silly Sooth

This world premiere of an absurd little comedy by Adam Bock was supposed to be the Shotgun Players' shining graduation from 10 years of nomadic theater into a new life as a troupe with an address, an established company with…
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Winesburg, Ohio

This collaboration between Word for Word and the Shotgun Players to stage four stories from Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio has the slow, suspiring feel of a Midwestern town on the verge of industrialism: a Shaker-simple set, a sense of cool…
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As You Like It

Shakespeare's great romantic comedy features probably his best female role -- Rosalind, the banished princess who knows what love is and is not, who understands both its importance and its limits -- yet you wouldn't know it from this Shotgun…
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Now Showing!

The centerpiece of this program of shorts by the Shotgun Players (spread out over two nights) is Ethyl Eichelberger's Dasvedanya Mama, directed by Mark Swetz. Dasvedanya Mama is the late Eichelberger's spoof of Three Sisters and The Seagull, though "spoof"…
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Culture, Stage The Sisters Grimm

The Sisters Grimm

The word "skriker" refers to a shapeshifting death portent in English mythology, but skriken is also Swedish for "scream," which is not a bad description of Caryl Churchill's play. The Skriker is, or wants to be, a howl of pain.…
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Culture, Stage Chekhovian Heebie-Jeebies

Chekhovian Heebie-Jeebies

Three Sisters is quintessential Chekhov, as far as it deals with mooning, overeducated, well-to-do people in the country who wish they were mooning, overeducated, well-to-do people in the city, or anywhere else so long as it's not on some godforsaken…
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Martian Holiday

Christmas on Mars Written by Harry Kondoleon. Directed by Reid Davis. Produced by the Shotgun Players. Starring Beth Donohue, Patrick Dooley, Andrew Hurteau, and Marin Van Young. At La Val's Subterranean Theater, 1834 Euclid Ave., Berkeley, through Aug. 15. Call…
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Naked Ecstasy. "Devised" by Mike Leigh. Directed by Helen James. Starring Sandie Armstrong, William Waghorn, and Beth Donohue. At the Speakeasy Theater, 2016 Seventh St. (at University), Berkeley, through April 4. Call (510) 798-1300. The title of this play is…
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