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    Transcendental Wild Oats In 1843, Bronson Alcott dragged his family, including daughter Louisa, to a farm near Harvard to found an experiment in transcendental utopianism he called "Fruitlands." Supported in the project by Englishman Charles Lane, he and his benefactor…
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    A Black Nativity After years of holding off (and trying not to compete with the Allen Temple in Oakland, which performs it every year), the Lorraine Hansberry Theater has assembled its own Black Nativity. Langston Hughes' musical version of the…
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    Babes in Arms 42nd Street Moon's latest staged concert may have the best song score (by Rodgers & Hart) of any musical ever, yet it's considerably less famous than many of its numbers, which include "Where or When," "My Funny…
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    jaywalking On NPR a few years ago, Marga Gomez seemed personable and sly, but live in her latest piece she's unbelievably amateurish and stiff. She speaks in awkward chunks of words, separated by ill-timed pauses that chop up the natural…
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    New Wrinkles Morris Bobrow, Rita Abrams, and former Chron theater critic Gerald Nachman's new comedy revue about middle age is well-staged, clever, and inoffensively entertaining. It's also unilluminating. Comedy canards that appeared in Erma Bombeck columns 20 years ago (like…
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    Glory Box Tim Miller, who lost an NEA grant because of his work's gay themes, has manipulated that setback to great personal and political advantage. His latest piece examines the threat that his Australian lover, Alistair, might be deported, thus…
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    Wrong Mountain David Hirson's post-postmodern comedy hinges on Henry Dennett (Ron Rifkin), a poet who believes lack of a readership proves his brilliance; poetry is the only true art, while theater is pornography, affirming rather than challenging the middle classes'…
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    The Glass Menagerie Probably the last thing the world needs is another production of The Glass Menagerie. Yet the Aurora Theater Company manages to dust off (though not redeem) the clunky symbolism of the play with some great acting and…
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    Amphibians Billy Roche's exploration of changing standards of manhood in small-town Ireland gets an affectionate, thoughtful rendering from director Cliff Mayotte and the DEO Ireland company, who successfully create a misty atmosphere of regret and disappointment. Wexford, a small coastal…
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    Previously hailed as important and controversial, Mark Ravenhill's play is actually complete crap. A purported examination of power, money, sex, and addiction, the show succeeds only in humiliating its cast, who are required to scream, throw food at each other,…
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    Adam Bock's comedy of love and danger gets a dream production from the Shotgun Players and director Kent Nicholson. Carla Carla (Dawn-Elin Fraser) and Donna (Katie Bales) are considering a commitment ceremony, but Donna's got to give up smoking first.…
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    Falsettos creator William Finn's earlier pop operetta receives an enthusiastic, if unpolished, production by director Zanne Burdick and her cast. Marvin (Nick Hoffa) chose wrongly when two roads diverged, marrying a woman and fathering a child despite being gay. Now…
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    Solo Gig2 This one-man show by former 49ers fourth-round draft pick Scott Barry recounts his failed efforts to make a living playing football. Barry speaks in the ecstatic cadences of a spoken-word poet, accompanied by a beatnik string bass (played…
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    Sitting Pretty Director Greg MacKellan and 42nd Street Moon present this 1924 Jerome Kern/P.G. Wodehouse/Guy Bolton gem as a staged concert: The actors read from scripts, sing accompanied by solo piano, and sit onstage when not acting. Would that all…
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    Vasilisa and the Saga of Baba Yaga You know the story, even if you don't know the names: A modest girl falls into the hands of an evil stepmother and her two ugly daughters, who cackle a lot and make…
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    City for Sale The Fourth of July crowd that fanned out over Dolores Park for the San Francisco Mime Troupe's opening clearly expected lefty musical satire, and with a few concessions to parity (snipes at the good guys, cutting observations…
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    The Zoo Story As he did in the searing drama Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Albee approaches human frailty metaphorically in his 1959 one-act The Zoo Story. Characters reveal themselves by talking at each other, and conversations that begin…
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    Tartuffe the Televangelist Tartuffe. By Moliere. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. Presented by the American Conservatory Theater. Starring Darryl Theirse, Steven Anthony Jones, Shona Tucker, Anika Noni Rose, Fannie Lee Lowe, and Roxanne Raja. At the Geary Theater, 415 Geary (at…
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    Sex and Sensibility Man and Superman. By George Bernard Shaw. Directed by Patrick Dooley. Produced by the Shotgun Players. Starring Kevin Karrick, Louise Chegwidden, Norman Gee, Brian Linden, Trish Mulholland, Richard Reinholdt, Curtis W. Sims, Michael Storm, and Wendy Weiner.…
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    Red Noses Birth Mark. By Jeff Raz and Jael Weisman. Directed by Weisman. Performed by Raz. At the Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd Street), through May 30. Call 826-5750. Please Leave the Bronx. Sketch comedy troupe featuring Lindsey Brown, Melinda…
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    Gummed Up Gum. By Karen Hartman. Directed by Jean Randich. Produced by the Magic Theater. Starring Laura Flanagan, Esperanza Catubig, Aldo Billingslea, and Helen Shumaker. At the Magic Theater, Fort Mason Center, Building D, through May 23. Call 441-8001. Good…
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    And Now, On With the Show: SFIFF Week 2

    American Cuisine (France, 1998) In this gentle farce in which sexual love is a poor cousin to the passion aroused by good food, U.S. Navy chef Loren (Jason Lee) is dismissed from his post after being deemed incapable of "making…
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    S.F. International Film Festival

    The 42nd annual San Francisco International Film Festival runs over 15 days and presents over 100 movies. It's the biggest annual celebration of cinema in this city -- which is saying a lot, given that we seem to have a…
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    Kings and Queens of Denial The Magic Fire. By Lillian Garrett-Groag. Directed by Jack O'Brien. Co-produced by the Berkeley Rep and the Old Globe Theater. Starring Kandis Chappell, James R. Winker, Alexandra Muhler, and Lauren Marie Sliter. At the Berkeley…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    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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