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Culture, Stage <i>"The Future Project": Sunday Will Come</i>

"The Future Project": Sunday Will Come

Over the course of the average lifetime, a person takes around 700 million breaths. It may be the case, as the axiom goes, that "life isn't measured by how many breaths you take, but by how many moments take your…
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Culture, Stage Philip Kan Gotanda's new play is hard to swallow

Philip Kan Gotanda's new play is hard to swallow

Redrum Burger in Davis has built up quite a reputation since it opened in 1986. Locals identify the fast food joint by its humongous one-pounder patties, heavily tattooed employees, and a heart-stoppingly breaded and deep-fried menu item known as ZOOM!…
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Calendar, Night&Day Putting It Out There

Putting It Out There

The final weekend of the Bay Area Playwrights Festival finds fest alumni and stage newbies gathering to see their visions realized in work that packs a punch. It includes Marcus Gardley's every tongue must confess (Aug. 3), a mournful yet…
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Culture, Stage Geisha Fixation

Geisha Fixation

Pity, oh pity, the straight white male. From Shakespeare's lust-coddled Marc Antony to Miller's has-been Willy Loman, the King of the Jungle is frequently reduced to a mewing kitten on the stage, even by dramatists who share his demographic profile.…
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Culture, Stage

Fist of Roses

Philip Kan Gotanda's new play is the latest and most abstract entry in the race for good "documentary theater," à la The Laramie Project. The playwright interviewed people in women's shelters, jails, and "violence re-education" programs to study why some…
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Calendar, Performance Making the Cut

Making the Cut

THURS 10/28 It's somewhat of a cliché for actors, whether they're stage- or screen-bound, to ask themselves, "Do I have what it takes to direct?" Good question. Directing requires a wide range of knowledge and experience, coupled with an iron…
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James is a brawling, retired-military boxer, a black man who helped stabilize Japan after World War II, and his estranged wife Sumi is the Japanese woman who fell in love with him -- or with the figure he cut as…
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Calendar, Performance Unholy Matrimony

Unholy Matrimony

SAT 9/6 Balzac put it best: "Marriage is a fierce battle before which the two partners ask heaven for its blessing, because loving each other is the most audacious of enterprises." And one of the most emotionally treacherous, too, as…
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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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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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Culture, Stage Borrowed Thunder

Borrowed Thunder

Floating Weeds is the title of a new play by Philip Kan Gotanda about a shiftless group of people in San Francisco. It's also the title of Yasujiro Ozu's 1959 film about a traveling theater troupe in a Japanese fishing…
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Culture, Stage

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Philip Kan Gotanda's Ballad of Yachiyo is so full of marvelous sights, sounds, and moments, it seems to dare the audience to find something about it not to like. Impeccably directed by Sharon Ott, it has original music (Dan Kuramoto),…
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Culture, Stage

Aisle Seat

Two Wrongs Make the Right There are two particularly repellent aspects of the resurgence of the right. First is the nostalgia for a time that never was, those glory days when there were no gays or lesbians, people of color…
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