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Culture, Encore

Our critics weigh in on local theater

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The moldering schoolhouse tradition of spelling bees has inspired a cultural deluge of late, from Myla Goldberg's 2001 novel Bee Season to the forthcoming feature film Akeelah and the Bee. That the…
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Calendar, Kid Stuff Unhappy Memories

Unhappy Memories

TUES 9/23 Everyone remembers his first love -- particularly Edmond Silverberg, whose young sweetie was Anne Frank. One day in 1942 Silverberg showed up at Anne's door for an arranged date. But she and her family had already gone into…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Theater Facilities

We have to admit the New Conservatory Theater Center has some kick-ass facilities. Housed in the basement of the 25 Van Ness building and thus insulated from San Francisco's ever-present din, the NCTC has three theaters of superb quality and…
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Culture, Stage

Stage Capsules

Give Me Shelter Wendy Weiner's sweet, slight solo show suggests friendship is more important than a space to call your own. While searching for her first Manhattan apartment, Diana, who remains unseen by the audience, encounters various oddballs, all portrayed…
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Culture, Stage

Stage Capsule

Amphibians Billy Roche's exploration of changing standards of manhood in small-town Ireland gets an affectionate, thoughtful rendering from director Cliff Mayotte and the DEO Ireland company, who successfully create a misty atmosphere of regret and disappointment. Wexford, a small coastal…
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Culture, Stage

Aisle Seat

Male Pride, Continued Three weeks ago, I wrote about New Conservatory Theater Center's second annual Pride Season, and the complete absence of women in the program (see "Pride -- For Men Only?" Aug. 7). Executive Director Ed Decker explained that…
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