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Culture, Stage Uncomfortably Close: Two Premieres Break the Fourth Wall and Keep Going

Uncomfortably Close: Two Premieres Break the Fourth Wall and Keep Going

Don Reed's new solo show, Can You Dig It? The 60s — Back Down East 14th Street, doesn't often feel like theater. But neither do many shows at the Marsh. The theater, established in 1989, specializes in solo performances, with…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pretty Piece of Flesh

Pretty Piece of Flesh

Custom Made’s production of The Merchant of Venice represents at least two theatrical milestones. Not only is it the theater company’s first Shakespeare production; it’s also the first time this play has been fully produced in San Francisco city limits…
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Culture, Stage "Pint-Sized Plays III": Cafe Royale Serves Theater and Beer

"Pint-Sized Plays III": Cafe Royale Serves Theater and Beer

"I kind of want to apologize for the noise," said Julia Heitner, co-artistic director of San Francisco Theater Pub. "But I feel like this is good. It's your army training for the show." It was the first rehearsal for Pint-Sized…
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Calendar, Night&Day To Helen Back

To Helen Back

Euripides, like many ancient Greeks, regarded passionate love as a form of insanity. So he might not seem like the most fitting playwright around whom to center your Valentine’s Day date. But his Helen, which gets a staged reading tonight by…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Force Behind Farce

The Force Behind Farce

Not only does “Ladies in Waiting” contain No Nude Men (the latter being a theater company), it also -- in contrast to much of the theater that gets produced today -- has many interesting women. The production’s three short plays,…
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Calendar, Night&Day He Just Never Noticed

He Just Never Noticed

As one of the great WTH stories of all time, David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly is endlessly interesting. If you've only ever seen the film version, consider this: Everything hinges on the portrayal of Song, the female Chinese opera singer,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Polytheism Creates Drama

Polytheism Creates Drama

Anyone near children should get a copy of D’Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths. Its weird artwork and simple, but not stupid, tellings of the old stories will engross nerdy youngsters, and cause them to do way better on their SATs.…
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Culture, Stagecap

The Frogs

Woodside's Theatre in the Woods — it's not kidding; just follow that winding one-lane road for a long while into what feels like the absolute middle of nowhere — is an inspired venue for all sorts of shows (A Midsummer…
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SF Weekly Letters

Prohibition During the Depression Less drink, more think: In an era when people are losing jobs and homes, schools are being shut down, arts and education programs are being cut, and all other manner of mayhem is happening due to…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, August 17, 2005 It's been some time since we've heard from Aimee Bender. After a dazzling debut with 1999's book of short stories The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, followed by her 2001 novel An Invisible Sign of My…
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Calendar, Performance The Play's the Thing

The Play's the Thing

THURS 2/12 Stuart Bousel is irritating in his prolificacy. The writer/director of many original, award-winning plays, he habitually does research-intensive adaptations of intellectual bedrock – Aeschylus, Goethe, Marlowe. But that's only one of his genres. He also writes sexy comedies.…
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