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Culture, The Exhibitionist Rod Gnapp on 'The Monster-Builder,' Architecture and How Art Can Change You

Rod Gnapp on 'The Monster-Builder,' Architecture and How Art Can Change You

Actor Rod Gnapp has known San Francisco playwright Amy Freed since they both went to the American Conservatory Theater, years ago. He says she reminds him of Mark Twain — a funny writer who takes on serious issues, but at…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ubuntu's Waiting For Lefty

Ubuntu's Waiting For Lefty

Take a politically awkward position and be thankful for theater groups lacking permanent homes and grateful for America’s longstanding exploitation of blue-collar workers. Without them, there might be no Ubuntu Theater Project or playwright Clifford Odets' 1935 play Waiting…
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Calendar, Night&Day Damp, Dirty Drama

Damp, Dirty Drama

For theater lovers, the San Francisco Fringe Festival is a much-anticipated marathon -- 200 performances of 38 new shows delivered in just 12 days -- which demands a sturdy constitution, a reliable day planner, and a precision diet of strong…
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Culture, Stage

Jimmy Carter Was a Democrat

It's not every day that a workers' union endorses a Republican candidate, but Rinne Groff's quirky play, Jimmy Carter Was a Democrat, shows us the circumstances under which such a scenario came to pass. Set in 1986, the play follows…
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Second Time Around

Barton Fink Has history done right by Clifford Odets? The once famous proletarian playwright of Waiting for Lefty and Golden Boy is known today, if at all, largely for the hilarious caricature of him offered up by John Turturro in…
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Clifford Odets' Rocket to the Moon is a gently humorous comedy of one sultry summer in the life of Ben Stark, DDS. Odets (Awake and Sing, Waiting for Lefty, and Golden Boy) was a founding member of the legendary Group…
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