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Culture, Stage

The Lights

Whatever happened to theater for the masses? For the last few years, local director Val Hendrickson has been grappling with that question, exploring new forms of theatrical expression in an attempt to achieve the tricky task of repopularizing the genre…
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Sound Advice

Named for the Indian freedom fighters who struggled for the right of self-rule in the 1920s, "Swaraj" sprang out of East London's famous Blue Note Club in 1997, inhabiting the fertile Asian Underground tilled by Talvin Singh's DJ night "Anokha."…
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Culture, Stage

All's Well That Ends Well

William Shakespeare made sure his plays had enough intellectual meat for his learned audience members and enough fart gags for the groundlings. Director Val Hendrickson's Sex-Club Shakespeare definitely appeals to his audience's inner groundling, not to the erudite picnicker. This…
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Culture, Stage

The Merchant of Valencia

In retitling and relocating The Merchant of Venice to 1870s San Francisco, director Val Hendrickson of the Signal Theatre Company not only pays tribute to the late filmmaker Louis Malle (who transposed Chekhov's Uncle Vanya to a midtown Manhattan rehearsal…
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