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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Macbeth</i>; Or, The Shout-ish Play

Macbeth; Or, The Shout-ish Play

During the opening night performance of Macbeth at Berkeley Rep, a couple sat directly to my right. Throughout the first act, the husband repeatedly brought his thumb and forefinger to the middle of his brow, gently pinching his nose.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bay Area Theater Veteran James Carpenter Stars in Berkeley Rep's <i>Macbeth</i>

Bay Area Theater Veteran James Carpenter Stars in Berkeley Rep's Macbeth

Bay Area actor James Carpenter has done his share of Shakespeare. (The American Conservatory Theater's Carey Perloff called him "...one of the finest American actors anywhere.") He’s performed in Macbeth several times, including playing the title role in a Santa…
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Film, "Rebels With a Cause": Saving Point Reyes and Other Environmental Challenges

"Rebels With a Cause": Saving Point Reyes and Other Environmental Challenges

Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto's documentary is hereby recommended for anyone who's ever crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and nearly wept with gratitude for whatever blessed benediction has allowed all those gorgeous rolling acres to remain unmolested. As Rebels With…
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Film, Intolerable Cruelty

Intolerable Cruelty

Masters of the carefully crafted cheap shot, Joel and Ethan Coen have built a career on flippancy. Given their refusal to take anything seriously — least of all the enthusiasm of their fans — the brothers surely got a chuckle…
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Film, Film Feature Incredible Shrinking Women

Incredible Shrinking Women

For an obscure tale of a virginal London governess who discovers her true calling running interference for a giddy nightclub singer, the 1938 English novel Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day has enjoyed a pretty lively renaissance. Knocked off in…
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Film, Sexual Healing

Sexual Healing

When you see a glamorous movie star like Kate Beckinsale tying her hair back and wearing glasses, it's surefire shorthand that she's an uptight soul. But just in case you aren't familiar with all the usual signals, writer-director Lisa Cholodenko…
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The Choir Visible

Paradise Road Written and directed by Bruce Beresford. Starring Glenn Close, Frances McDormand, Pauline Collins, Jennifer Ehle, and Julianna Margulies. At area theaters. No one has exploited the historical-epic form better than David Lean. At his peak he used its…
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