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Big Death & Little Death. When "Dad" walks onstage freshly returned from fighting in Desert Storm, his all-American pot-smoking son asks, "How was the war?" He answers quickly, "Sometimes you have to kill people to help them. At one point,…
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Culture, Stagecap

The Dying Gaul

Before he penned The Dying Gaul in 1995, Craig Lucas was best known as a romantic playwright with a knack for sly social commentary. Lucas took an angry, dark turn with The Dying Gaul, which depicts the destructiveness of AIDS…
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Prelude to a Kiss

In this comedy, playwright Craig Lucas puts a literal spin on the age-old cliché "He became a completely different person after we were married." The courtship between affable medical publisher Peter and insomniac barmaid Rita passes uneventfully enough in a…
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Film, Simply Galling

Simply Galling

Deception, betrayal, and revenge. In his film directorial debut, acclaimed playwright/screenwriter/theater director Craig Lucas is done in by his own script, which becomes so excessively icy and cruel that it breaks, rather than solidifies, any bond it could hope to…
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Culture, Stage

The Dying Gaul

Seemingly haunted by the success of his two earlier plays, Longtime Companion and Prelude to a Kiss, Craig Lucas wrote The Dying Gaul in 12 days in 1996. The play, in a modest presentation by Last Planet Theater under the…
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Missing Pieces

The most persistently intriguing aspect of Berkeley Rep's Missing Persons (written by Craig Lucas, directed by Penny Metropulos) is the set (by Kent Dorsey, who also designed the lighting): a realistic living room and kitchen furnished in generic Pottery Barn,…
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