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Culture, Stage More Is Less

More Is Less

There's a perverse universal principle that states that the harder one tries, the more likely one is to fail. It's only when one stops putting in so much effort that things happen. The great Taoist philosopher Alan Watts in his…
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British playwright Edward Bond's 1976 play A-A-America! consists of two frankly offensive one-acts about lynching and American racism. The first, "Grandma Faust," is a cartoonish Brer Rabbit-style tale about a Southern yokel named Uncle Sam who makes a Faustian deal…
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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 Love and War

Love and War

Charles Mee's plays are so eclectic and cheerfully bizarre that they begin to blur together. Summertime was about falling in love; it featured rants by a murderous pizza-delivery boy as well as a bikini-clad mother who broke into songs about…
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