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Calendar, Night&Day The Reader

The Reader

Beamed at the Academy of Motion Pictures, Category of High Moral Tone, comes Stephen Daldry’s fatally respectful take on the acclaimed 1995 novel by Bernhard Schlink about German culpability for the Holocaust. Sidestepping the usual Auschwitz camp footage and unfolding…
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Film, Reading Is Fundamental

Reading Is Fundamental

Like Doubt, Stephen Daldry's The Reader is low-budget, high-profile, and beamed straight at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Category of High Moral Tone. Only in this case, the stakes are way higher and the attitude muted to…
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Culture, Stage The Business of War

The Business of War

"Damn this fucking war," says Mother Courage in a moment of clarity, just after she gets through damning an imminent peace. The heroine of Bertolt Brecht's great protest play is an army-supply merchant, pulling her rickety wagon along the fringes…
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Culture, Stage Sir Vidia's Shadow

Sir Vidia's Shadow

V.S. Naipaul has been a mandarin for longer than most of the literary world has heard of him. He grew up in a large Indian family on Trinidad, the son of a journalist, and the Caribbean's teeming poverty gave him…
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Culture, Stage Letter From the Middle East

Letter From the Middle East

If Mayor Brown cared about good writing he would name February "David Hare Month," because really devoted fans of the British playwright can pull -- in one weekend -- a Hare triple-header: The Blue Room at the Exit (highly recommended),…
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Culture, Stage Playing <i>Blue</i>

Playing Blue

Arthur Schnitzler fans may remember 1999 as a banner year, when their man enjoyed two modern revivals starring Nicole Kidman. There was Eyes Wide Shut, based on a Schnitzler novella, and a Broadway run of The Blue Room, a David…
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Culture, Stage Making  the Rounds

Making the Rounds

Squirreled away in the old Sears building on Cesar Chavez is a new black box, Studio 210, where a troupe called Goat Island has mounted Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde. You might remember Schnitzler as the Austrian author of the novel…
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Culture, Stage The Crucifixion of Galilei

The Crucifixion of Galilei

A version of The Life of Galileo nine years ago, by the Berliner Ensemble in Germany, may stand as the best play I've ever seen. The Wall had fallen eight months before, and without any special help from the costume…
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King of the Jungle King Lear. By William Shakespeare. Directed by Val Hendrickson. Starring John Robb, Trish Adair, Allyson Kulavis, Cat Schaulis Thompson, Brian Linden, Jonathan Gonzalez, Jack Halton, and others. At the 450 Geary Studio, 450 Geary (at Mason),…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night + Day

Wednesday May 6 The Way We Were An adulterous affair comes back to haunt its participants in David Hare's Skylight, which closes out Berkeley Rep's 30th-anniversary season. Like Mike Leigh and other contemporary British playwrights, Hare invokes Britain's class consciousness…
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