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Culture, The Exhibitionist Shotgun Players Bring Agatha Christie's <i>The Mousetrap</i> to Berkeley

Shotgun Players Bring Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap to Berkeley

Patrick Dooley, artistic director of the Shotgun Players, first discovered Agatha Christie while exploring in his grandmother’s attic. He found a Miss Marple mystery, and he remembers being there, surrounded by the smell of old books, getting sucked in…
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Culture, Stage Salvage at Last: Shotgun Players Arrives at Its Final Stoppard Frontier

Salvage at Last: Shotgun Players Arrives at Its Final Stoppard Frontier

Art and politics are bedfellows in Shotgun Player's presentation of Salvage, the third play in Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning trilogy, The Coast of Utopia. Brave in scope, anchored by the human desire to escape ideological oppression, the production grapples with…
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Cryptogram

A cryptogram is a text written in code and that's exactly what this play feels like. For 80 minutes playwright David Mamet weaves a repetitive and inscrutable maze of dialogue, taking his time to get to the point. The drama,…
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Culture, Stage Letting Go

Letting Go

In the Shotgun Players' new production of The Miser, the title character, Harpagon, looks like a goat, with his Uncle Sam beard and wild white hair. He minces on tiptoe and spends half the play casting wicked aspersions on anyone…
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Culture, Stage A Chorus Fine

A Chorus Fine

The nice thing about the Shotgun Players' new production of Oedipus Rex is that nobody wears a toga. I hate Greek tragedies with too many people in togas; they remind me of the marble statues that stand around like frozen…
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Culture, Stage The Drums  of War

The Drums of War

Troilus and Cressida is one of those Shakespeare plays no one ever thinks about, let alone performs. The script is dense and bloated with speeches by Greek heroes (especially Ulysses). It makes fun of heroism, and war, by turning the…
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Culture, Stage Iphigenia Alfresco

Iphigenia Alfresco

"Tragedy," by its roots, means "goat song." This is healthy to remember. The word used to apply to Dionysian rituals involving goat costumes. A band called Goatsong plays behind the chorus in the Shotgun Players' free, outdoor production of Iphigenia…
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Culture, Stage Mediterranean Spring

Mediterranean Spring

When Tony Taccone spoke last week at the ribbon-cutting for his company's new auditorium -- the Berkeley Rep's expensive Roda Theater -- he complained, briefly, about all the journalists who keep asking why he picked the Oresteia for its inaugural…
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Culture, Stage

Martian Holiday

Christmas on Mars Written by Harry Kondoleon. Directed by Reid Davis. Produced by the Shotgun Players. Starring Beth Donohue, Patrick Dooley, Andrew Hurteau, and Marin Van Young. At La Val's Subterranean Theater, 1834 Euclid Ave., Berkeley, through Aug. 15. Call…
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Stage

Sex and Sensibility Man and Superman. By George Bernard Shaw. Directed by Patrick Dooley. Produced by the Shotgun Players. Starring Kevin Karrick, Louise Chegwidden, Norman Gee, Brian Linden, Trish Mulholland, Richard Reinholdt, Curtis W. Sims, Michael Storm, and Wendy Weiner.…
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Shotgun Players

Only five people were in the audience one night during the run of the Shotgun Players' first show, David Mamet's Edmund. But the lack of attendance didn't bother Artistic Director Patrick Dooley; the cast was fabulous. When Dooley talks about…
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