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Culture, Stage TheatreWorks gives Shakespeare a hippie makeover in <i>Twelfth Night</i>

TheatreWorks gives Shakespeare a hippie makeover in Twelfth Night

If I thought I could have gotten away with it, I would have devoted my entire column this week to extolling the virtues of Patrick Alparone's legs. Thrillingly encased in tight, hot-pink denim in his role as Feste the fool…
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Culture, Stage We Like the Night Life

We Like the Night Life

In the middle of Shotgun Players' Cabaret, the audience gets to sing along with one of the numbers from John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff's beloved musical. The production is so engrossing and the melody of this particular song…
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Culture, Stage Noses Off

Noses Off

Edmond Rostand's 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac is a triumphant exercise in unmitigated hyperbole. The comedy is based -- extremely loosely -- on the life of Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac, a 17th-century French dramatist and expert dueler. By all accounts,…
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Kimberly Akimbo

When they get beyond a certain age, female actors don't often have much fun onstage. Relegated to playing doddering old dowagers, even the spriest sixtysomething must resign herself to spending the rest of her career serving tea from a samovar…
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Culture, Stage A Chorus Fine

A Chorus Fine

The nice thing about the Shotgun Players' new production of Oedipus Rex is that nobody wears a toga. I hate Greek tragedies with too many people in togas; they remind me of the marble statues that stand around like frozen…
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We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!

Dario Fo's classic protest play about Italian housewives who ransack a supermarket because all they can afford on their husbands' wages are dog food and birdseed has played locally two or three times since Fo won the Nobel Prize in…
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Better Days

The Train Station Theater Lab's debut production is a remarkably imaginative and intelligent telling of the lives of two families broken by the Great Depression. The Tillers send their oldest daughter, Harvest (Gillian Chadsey), off to find work in the…
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