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Culture, Stage "Gentrification Bad," Says Myopic Play <i>Taking Over</i> at Berkeley Rep

"Gentrification Bad," Says Myopic Play Taking Over at Berkeley Rep

Danny Hoch plays nine different characters in his provocative if overly simplistic new solo show about the effects of gentrification on urban communities — specifically the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Hoch is a so-called hip-hop theater artist: His…
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Culture, Stage The Not-So-Hot Seat

The Not-So-Hot Seat

Is it just me, or are new plays getting shorter? It's a truism that life seems to accelerate with age, so perhaps that explains why on so many occasions lately I've left the theater feeling as if I'd only just…
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Film, After Sunrise

After Sunrise

Back in 1995, Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise gave flesh to a Yank's fantasy of worldly European womanhood: Julie Delpy's Celine, a sprite who materialized on a passenger train for one sweet Viennese night of courtship and flirtation, as if willed…
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Film, G'Dead, Mate

G'Dead, Mate

Since George Romero's long-awaited Land of the Dead turned out to be a letdown, we'll have to find our zombie-movie solace elsewhere. Thankfully, Romero's been making movies for so long that not only has he inspired others to follow in…
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Film, Love in Reverse

Love in Reverse

For the first 30 minutes of 5x2, François Ozon's new film about a relationship that fails, the young French director seems well on his way to a magnum opus. In two fierce and lucid scenes (of the five in the…
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Film, A Gift to Grief

A Gift to Grief

The opening moments of The Door in the Floor are not promising. A little girl stands on a chair in a hallway of photos, pointing at the images and speaking about them. Soon, she is joined by a middle-aged man,…
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Dining, Social Grace

Theory of Relativity

Dear Social Grace, I will be getting married next year, and both my fiance and I have very large extended families: literally dozens of aunts and uncles, hundreds of cousins, and so on. Obviously, we cannot invite everyone in our…
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Culture, Stage

Abingdon Square

Maria Irene Fornes' drama about a young woman in early 20th-century New York plays like a bad Edith Wharton remake. Marion, an orphaned girl, marries a rich adult man at 14. As she grows up, she feels trapped, and her…
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Culture, Stage

Sewing Lessons

Strangefruit Theater Ensemble's adaptation of a surrealistic novel, The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington, features two old ladies named Marion and Carmella who share an odd, sweet, aging-bohemian friendship enlivened by their ripe imaginations. Carrington herself was lifelong friends with…
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