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Slaughter City

With this mystical take on a slaughterhouse workers' strike in the early '90s, Naomi Wallace wants to transcend your average agitprop labor play. Slaughter City isn't just about men and women working long, underpaid hours in a meat factory; it…
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Better Days

The Train Station Theater Lab's debut production is a remarkably imaginative and intelligent telling of the lives of two families broken by the Great Depression. The Tillers send their oldest daughter, Harvest (Gillian Chadsey), off to find work in the…
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Hamlet, the Melancholy Dame

This all-female adaptation of Hamlet, coming after a season of Hamlets, is like a big, overcooked omelet arriving at your table after a whole morning of not-quite-satisfying omelets. The show starts in Act 5, with Hamlet's febrile death speech, then…
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Culture, Stage The Sisters Grimm

The Sisters Grimm

The word "skriker" refers to a shapeshifting death portent in English mythology, but skriken is also Swedish for "scream," which is not a bad description of Caryl Churchill's play. The Skriker is, or wants to be, a howl of pain.…
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Culture, Stage Killing the Messenger

Killing the Messenger

Ancient Greek writers were almost without exception male aristocrats, and the history they've left behind is as slanted as some of their medical advice. "Aristotle recommended that a woman start bearing children at 18, as wife to a man aged…
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Culture, Stage Mad Poetry for All

Mad Poetry for All

There's a good chance that people who normally visit theaters in San Francisco will notice the slim range of plays open in this dead week between Christmas and New Year's and assume there's nothing to see. They might read that…
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Of Themselves They Sing Sweet Parody! Written and performed by Tom Orr. Directed by Dana Peter Porras. At Josie's Cabaret, 3583 16th St. (at Market), through April 17. Call 861-7933. SBF: Single Black Female. By Lisa B. Thompson. Directed by…
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