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Culture, Stage "Strindberg Cycle": Cutting Ball Stages the Chamber Plays

"Strindberg Cycle": Cutting Ball Stages the Chamber Plays

The Cutting Ball Theater's production of Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep has no shortage of headline-makers. It falls on the 100th anniversary of Swedish playwright August Strindberg's death. It marks the first time all five of Strindberg's chamber…
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Culture, Stage Vanishing Act

Vanishing Act

Like all great stage heroines, there are countless ways to look at Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler. In just the last few years, audiences in this country have experienced tempestuous Heddas (Cate Blanchett), panicky Heddas (Martha Plimpton), neurasthenic Heddas (Annette Bening),…
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Culture, Stage Masterful


What's up with Hilde Wangel? No matter how hard I try, I just can't get my head around Henrik Ibsen's most elusive female character. I mean, Nora from A Doll's House and Rosmersholm's Rebecca West have their peculiarities, but at…
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Culture, Stage Flirting With the Times

Flirting With the Times

"There is a disease to which plays as well as men become liable with advancing years," wrote George Bernard Shaw in the preface to his early comedy The Philanderer (1893). "In men it is called doting, in plays dating. The…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Thoughtful Theater

Last Planet Theatre 351 Turk (between Hyde and Leavenworth), 440-3505, Secreted away in a drafty dance hall at the bottom of an otherwise nondescript building, Last Planet is a sparkly thing in the heart of the Tenderloin District.…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Shameless Display

Shameless Display

FRI-MON 1/16-19 Ours is not a town hurting for galleries. Scores of spaces around the city display everything from the kitschiest folk art to the highest-rent masterworks, and are patronized by socialites and plebeians alike. But this week, S.F. explodes…
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Calendar, Performance Kinda Sketchy

Kinda Sketchy

ONGOING 1/9-2/1 In some places, "sketchy" is a term that means "you might get mugged." This sense of the word is probably not what the organizers of SF Sketchfest had in mind when they named their joke-a-thon. We believe they…
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Culture, Stage

The Wind Cries Mary

Eiko Hanabe, in Philip Kan Gotanda's new '60s play at the San Jose Rep, is a proper but frustrated woman with a scandalous past, caught between the respectable white professor she has married and a wild, brilliant former lover named…
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Culture, Stage Extinguishing a Firebrand

Extinguishing a Firebrand

The name "Brand," like most of Henrik Ibsen's names, has poetic resonance in Norwegian -- the stern and determined Pastor Brand has been touched by fire (or brann). Brand is a fierce zealot who strives toward God with a devotion…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

Philip Kan Gotanda's new play, The Wind Cries Mary, was originally supposed to be about well-heeled Silicon Valley CEOs, but when Gotanda failed to find his muse in their stories -- "Remarkable folk, boring lives," he explains in his online…
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