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    Four Men and an Aunt

    Travels With My Aunt Directed and adapted by Giles Havergal from the novel by Graham Greene. Starring Ken Ruta, Geoff Hoyle, Charles Dean, and Bryan Close. Presented by the American Conservatory Theater at the Geary Theater, 415 Geary, through Feb.…
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    New York, New York

    Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back! Written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini. At the Triad, 158 W. 72nd Street, New York City; call (212) 799-4599. Tubes By Blue Man Group. At the Astor Place Theater, 434 Lafayette, New York City; call (212)…
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    Stage 1996

    Hurray and happy new year, and welcome to my choices for "Favorite Five of '96." The productions included all qualified as excellent, heart-stopping, jaw-dropping theater. Listed alphabetically, they are: All in the Timing (Marin Theater Company), Heartbreak House (Berkeley Repertory…
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    Back to School

    U.C., a Farce Written and directed by John Fisher. Starring Fisher and members of Sassymouth. At the Stage Door Theater, 420 Mason, Thursday, Jan. 2. Call 433-9500. Early in U.C., a Farce, the prodigiously talented John Fisher's new "comedy of…
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    Word Up

    The Confessions of Madame Psyche From the novel by Dorothy Bryant. Directed by Delia MacDougall. Starring Yumi Sumida, JoAnne Winter, Sammie Choy, Jeri Lynn Cohen, and Tahmus Rounds. Presented by Word for Word at the Magic Theater, Fort Mason Center,…
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    Heavenly

    Journey to the West Directed by Mary Zimmerman; adapted by her from the translation by Anthony C. Yu. Starring Jane C. Cho, Kim Miyori, Christopher Donahue, Nelson Mashita, and Doug Hara. Presented by Berkeley Repertory Theater at the Zellerbach Playhouse…
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    Pussy Whipped

    Banjy Pussy Raging Written and performed by Idris Mignott. At Josie's Cabaret & Juice Joint, 3583 16th St., through Dec. 8. Call 861-7933. The particular gift of solo performance -- besides the astonishing flexibility of the form -- is the…
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    Hello, Jerry! Now Go Home

    Tune the Grand Up Songs by Jerry Herman. Directed by Jay Manley. Musical direction by Barry Lloyd. Starring Pierce Brandt, Dan Johnson, Michelle E. Jordan, Barry Lloyd, Marsha Mercant, and Jane Wasser. At the Alcazar Theater, 650 Geary, in an…
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    Behind the Scenes

    Love! Valour! Compassion! By Terrence McNally. Directed by Warner Shook. At the Berkeley Repertory Theater, 2025 Addison, Berkeley, through Jan. 3. Call (510) 845-4700. There's a point in the second act of Berkeley Rep's lovingly rendered production of Love! Valour!…
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    Stage Door

    Karen Black: A View of the Heart Karen Black has been inhabiting offbeat characters to mixed response since '60s films like Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces. Her quirky one-woman show (directed by Robin McKee) lurches in similar fashion between…
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    Wet Blanket

    "Pieces of the Quilt" Seven one-act plays. Conceived by Sean San Jose Blackman. Directed by R.A. White. At the Magic Theater, Fort Mason Center, Building D, through Nov. 17. Call 441-8001. I've been thinking about theater as community lately. About…
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    The Outsiders

    Carousel Music by Richard Rodgers. Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Presented by the Royal National Theater of Great Britain. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. Starring Sarah Uriarte and Patrick Wilson. At the Golden Gate Theater, 1 Taylor, through Nov.…
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    Sahl on Ice

    Mort Sahl's America At the Alcazar Theater, 650 Geary, through Nov. 3. Call 441-4042. It's been a while since San Francisco had a jolt of Mort Sahl, a satirist whose wholly original perspective is as necessary to our well-being as…
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    God-Awful & Divine

    Religious Experience Written and performed by Nancy Wright Cooper. Directed by Rick Phelps. At the Bindlestiff Playhouse, 185 Sixth St. Call 974-1167. May Day Sermon Performed by Bridget Hanley. Adapted and directed by John Gallogly from a poem by James…
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    Culture Club

    Radio Mambo: Culture Clash Invades Miami Written and performed by Culture Clash. Directed by Roger Guenveur Smith. At the Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th St. Call 487-5401. Culture Clash's latest show gallops, giggles, jangles, hoots, and whistles its boisterous way…
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    Shlemiel Ticket

    Shlemiel the First Adapted by Robert Brustein from the work of Isaac Bashevis Singer. Directed and choreographed by David Gordon. Songs by Hankus Netsky and Arnold Weinstein. Starring Thomas Derrah, Maureen McVerry, and Marilyn Sokol. Presented by the American Conservatory…
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    Pshaw

    Heartbreak House By George Bernard Shaw. Directed by Sharon Ott. Starring Ken Ruta, Francesca Faridany, and Geoff Hoyle. At the Berkeley Repertory Theater, 2025 Addison, Berkeley. Call (510) 845-4700. Heartbreak House was written as World War I was wreaking its…
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    Off-Balance

    Balancing Act Performed by Diane Amos. Written by Amos and Jim Medellin. Directed by MJ Pritchard. At the Marsh, 1062 Valencia. Call 826-5750. Falling somewhere between autobiographical performance art and a down-home evening with an old and treasured friend, Balancing…
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    Female Trouble

    Scenes From an Execution Presented by Fifth Floor. Written by Howard Barker. Directed by Kenn Watt. Starring Patricia Silver, Jordan Winer, and Patrick Costigan. At Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th St., 267-1836. With precious little to applaud on local stages…
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    Nightmare

    Twelfth Night Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Joe Vincent. Starring Terri McMahon, Bruce Ladd, and Domenique Lozano. At the Bruns Memorial Amphitheater, 100 Gateway & Highway 24, Orinda, (510) 548-9666. There are lots of excellent reasons to head for…
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    My Mother, My Analyst

    Mrs. Klein Written by Nicholas Wright. Directed by William Carden. Starring Uta Hagen, Amy Wright, and Laila Robins. At the Geary Theater, 415 Geary, 776-1999. The situation is this: On the one hand you've got a shamelessly coy play that…
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    Familia Ties

    Santos & Santos Presented by Campo Santo. Written by Octavio Solis. Directed by Tony Kelly. At New Langton Arts, 1246 Folsom, 550-7250. Take a play that burns with ambition, volatile language, and ideas; cast it with an exceptional ensemble of…
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    Quixotic Endeavors

    One of theater's essentials is an audience -- something Deborah Gwinn, Jim Cave, and Mark Gordon had to do without at the final preview of Don Quixote plus The Gordons, which they generously allowed me to catch at the Marsh.…
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    Scaring the Audience

    Plays with titles like Scaring the Fish have a strange effect on me: They arouse all sorts of protective instincts in response to what I'm afraid is an automatic (negative) reaction. I become grimly determined, as though with enough effort…
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    Once More Onto the Beach

    Sometimes going to the theater feels like an exercise in associative memory. For instance, California Shakespeare Festival's unspeakably dull production of Henry V (directed by James Bundy at the Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda) has a set (designed by J.B. Wilson)…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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