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Culture, The Exhibitionist Feminism Through the Centuries at Shotgun Players' <i>Top Girls</i>

Feminism Through the Centuries at Shotgun Players' Top Girls

Feminism’s bald beauty and bare badness are the main acts in Shotgun Players' straight-shooting rendition of playwright Caryl Churchill's Top Girls. Shorn of pretense and directed by Delia MacDougall with the precision and deft hand people expect of a…
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Culture, Stage <i>Future Me</i>, a play about pedophiles, not as funny as it could have been

Future Me, a play about pedophiles, not as funny as it could have been

There used to be a time when writers of dramas about Big Issues could get away with seeing the world in two colors: black and white. That's not to say that more complex viewpoints didn't exist in plays dealing with…
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Culture, Stage The Not-So-Hot Seat

The Not-So-Hot Seat

Is it just me, or are new plays getting shorter? It's a truism that life seems to accelerate with age, so perhaps that explains why on so many occasions lately I've left the theater feeling as if I'd only just…
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Culture, Stage Been There, Staged That

Been There, Staged That

Caryl Churchill and Tony Kushner are friends, which is why finding one play by each of them in full production at the Berkeley Rep seems so cozy. (Kushner's Homebody/Kabul is on the old Thrust Stage; Churchill's Cloud Nine is next…
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Culture, Stage

Top Girls

Caryl Churchill seems to be the soup of the day: Crowded Fire is offering a cup-size production of Top Girls to go with the Berkeley Rep's bowl of Cloud Nine (see above). Churchill wrote both plays in the years around…
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Culture, Stage Family  of Man

Family of Man

Living in San Francisco today -- when the Board of Supervisors has approved insurance coverage for city workers who want to have sex-change operations -- you have to ask yourself whether Caryl Churchill's 1979 play paralleling colonial and sexual oppression…
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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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