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Calendar, Night&Day Not Disoriented

Not Disoriented

Who’s the biggest diva at ReOrient, the 10-year-old Middle Eastern theater festival? The monthlong fest of short plays features some sweepingly grand talent among its many playwrights. Is it Betty Shamieh, revered Arab-American author of Tamam? MacArthur Fellows (also known…
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What makes Golden Thread's collection of five short plays about the Middle East better than your average festival aimed at a Large Theme or Important Cause is the theatrical imagination with which the company approaches the various stories. In The…
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ReOrient 2005

For the past seven years, Golden Thread Productions' ReOrient festival has brought the Middle East sharply into focus for Bay Area audiences. Featuring six short plays, this year's series covers themes as broad as cultural difference, typecasting, war, and displacement.…
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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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Calendar, Performance You Kill Me

You Kill Me

THURS 4/8 Kentucky conjures up a myriad of enticing images: extravagant hats on the heads of Derby-goers, luscious bourbons blended to perfection by Maker's Mark and small-batch producers, and, of course, the bat that hits the hardest, the Louisville Slugger.…
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Culture, Stage Wrong Side of the Tracks

Wrong Side of the Tracks

"You know what I don't like about you, Dalton Chance?" asks a Southern girl in a flour-sack dress. "You're a good boy. A very good boy." "So what's that mean?" "It means someone, before it's too late, has got to…
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Culture, Stage Plague Years

Plague Years

The local premiere of One Flea Spare gave me a sense of déjà vu. Some time ago I saw another play about enemies pacing and glaring at each other in a cramped house, under bizarre political circumstances, in the tiny…
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