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Calendar, Night&Day My (Other) Dinner With André

My (Other) Dinner With André

It is widely believed that simply pointing a camera at André Gregory is a good way for a filmmaker not to go wrong, a truism established by Louis Malle's 1981 film My Dinner with André, in which theater director…
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Calendar, Night&Day Renaissance Man

Renaissance Man

In 1987, The Princess Bride was released in theaters; an entire generation of children has lines from the eminently quotable film seared into their brains. One of those lines was uttered by the self-important and blustery villain, Vizzini, who heralded…
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Best Thoughtful Theater

Last Planet Theatre 351 Turk (between Hyde and Leavenworth), 440-3505, Secreted away in a drafty dance hall at the bottom of an otherwise nondescript building, Last Planet is a sparkly thing in the heart of the Tenderloin District.…
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Culture, Stage Curse of the Cultured Class

Curse of the Cultured Class

The trouble with Wallace Shawn is that he was born to write prose. The actor and playwright son of the legendary New Yorker editor William Shawn has good prose in his system, and he never hesitates to use it in…
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Wednesday, September 22, 2004 There's a weird strain of hard-core musicians who get all rah-rah as soon as politics come up. We're thinking here of the Sierra Club/Beastie Boys connection, when Mike D appeared in videos for the environmental group,…
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Sweet Table at the Richelieu

Last Planet Theater was the first group in history to put on a festival of Wallace Shawn's plays. It also did a local premiere of Pinter's Moonlight and recently revived, of all things, Michael McClure's adaptation of Kafka, titled Josephine…
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Shawn Behaving Badly

The story goes that a little bald man who looked suspiciously like Wallace Shawn turned up an hour early for opening night of the first-ever festival treatment of Wallace Shawn's plays, at the Julia Morgan Theater in Berkeley, and said…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dramatic Emetic

Dramatic Emetic

Wallace Shawn, it always seems necessary to explain, is the famous New Yorker editor William Shawn's son. He's also that short, whiny guy from The Princess Bride. Or the Algonquin waiter in Mrs. Parker. To survive as a playwright, Shawn…
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Playing Politics Juno and the Paycock. By Sean O'Casey. Directed by Giles Havergal. Produced by the American Conservatory Theater. Starring Robin Pearson Rose, Charles Dean, Kathleen Kaefer, and Geoff Hoyle. At the Geary Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), through Feb.…
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The Amazing Disappearing Human

The Designated Mourner Directed by David Hare. Written by Wallace Shawn, from his play. Starring Mike Nichols, Miranda Richardson, and David de Keyser. Opens Friday, June 6, at the Embarcadero Center. In The Designated Mourner, three people sit and spill…
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