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Culture, Stage "Food Stories": Feast on Word For Word's Gourmet One-Acts

"Food Stories": Feast on Word For Word's Gourmet One-Acts

It's about time someone staged a play that revealed critics for what they truly are: sexy. Granted, the critic in Sorry Fugu, the first of two short Food Stories, a Word For Word production now at Z Space, isn't a…
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Culture, Stage <i>Sex</i> Sells Itself at the Aurora Theater in Berkeley

Sex Sells Itself at the Aurora Theater in Berkeley

When she was released from jail for transgressing indecency laws with her 1926 play Sex, Mae West told reporters that her play about a street-smart prostitute's adventures in love was "a work of art." This was a bit of a…
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Word for Word's staging of two short stories, "The Necklace" ("La Parure") by the French writer Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893) and "A Jury of Her Peers" by the American author Susan Glaspell (1882-1948), explores the role of and expectations placed…
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"The Old Neighborhood"

David Mamet wrote this triptych of short plays about his own Jewish neighborhood early in his career, then revised them in 1997. The plays are more autobiographical than his best work -- Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo -- so they…
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Culture, Stage Pleasant Confusion

Pleasant Confusion

Naomi Iizuka's 17 Reasons (Why) reminds me in a funny way of The Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters. Spoon River is a poem cycle, not a play, but it fleshes out an Illinois town using a fugue of…
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Culture, Stage Quantum Love

Quantum Love

When playwrights flirt with physics, lately, for some reason, they also deal with ultimates: love, God, the meaning of life. This trend is no doubt Stephen Hawking's fault. At least since his best-selling A Brief History of Time dangled the…
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Winesburg, Ohio

This collaboration between Word for Word and the Shotgun Players to stage four stories from Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio has the slow, suspiring feel of a Midwestern town on the verge of industrialism: a Shaker-simple set, a sense of cool…
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Culture, Stage Black Gold

Black Gold

I don't mean to gush, but Word for Word's production of Oil! at the Magic may be the best play, so far, of 2001. Oil! is Upton Sinclair's novel about the Southern California oil boom of the early 1900s. It…
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Culture, Stage Sweet Millennial Cheer

Sweet Millennial Cheer

If I'm reading our general mood right, the 21st century is about to dawn in America with the same unfounded optimism that ushered in the 20th. Most of us who aren't raving, apocalyptic millenarians have to admit to feeling --…
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Culture, Stage Sweet Bird of Youth

Sweet Bird of Youth

When Cynthia Ozick writes, in her famous book-jacket blurb, that Alice Munro is "our Chekhov," she doesn't mean Munro's work will translate easily to the stage. In fact, I think she means almost the opposite: Munro has a patient, unenergetic,…
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Word Up

The Confessions of Madame Psyche From the novel by Dorothy Bryant. Directed by Delia MacDougall. Starring Yumi Sumida, JoAnne Winter, Sammie Choy, Jeri Lynn Cohen, and Tahmus Rounds. Presented by Word for Word at the Magic Theater, Fort Mason Center,…
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