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Culture, The Exhibitionist Studying Latino History with John Leguizamo

Studying Latino History with John Leguizamo

When actor, writer, and comedian John Leguizamo started doing research on the history of Latinos in the United States — inspired by wanting to be able to answer questions his then eighth grade son might ask — one surprising thing he…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist De-Disneyfied Pirates in Mary Zimmerman's <i>Treasure Island</i>, at Berkeley Rep

De-Disneyfied Pirates in Mary Zimmerman's Treasure Island, at Berkeley Rep

Eric Rohmer suffuses his 1996 film A Summer’s Tale with the sea mist that France’s Atlantic coast is known for. It’s  an ordinary story of a handsome young man whose good fortune with the opposite sex fogs up his…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Macbeth</i>; Or, The Shout-ish Play

Macbeth; Or, The Shout-ish Play

During the opening night performance of Macbeth at Berkeley Rep, a couple sat directly to my right. Throughout the first act, the husband repeatedly brought his thumb and forefinger to the middle of his brow, gently pinching his nose.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bay Area Theater Veteran James Carpenter Stars in Berkeley Rep's <i>Macbeth</i>

Bay Area Theater Veteran James Carpenter Stars in Berkeley Rep's Macbeth

Bay Area actor James Carpenter has done his share of Shakespeare. (The American Conservatory Theater's Carey Perloff called him "...one of the finest American actors anywhere.") He’s performed in Macbeth several times, including playing the title role in a Santa…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Berkeley Rep's <i>Amélie: a New Musical</i> Is Sheer Delight

Berkeley Rep's Amélie: a New Musical Is Sheer Delight

Berkeley Rep’s Amélie: A New Musical, is a flat-out splurge: a magical, timeless plunge into love, art, goldfish puppetry, snake-eyed marbles, coin-operated photo booths, Parisian bedrooms, sex shops, cafés, and all manner of desirable targets. Amélie is deft social…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Playwright McCraney questions faith, place in "Head of Passes"

Playwright McCraney questions faith, place in "Head of Passes"

Since he was 5 years old, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney has been acting, attending magnet arts programs in middle school and then going to a performing arts high school. For him, theater is about trying to figure out the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist X's and O's: Former 49er Dwight Hicks in Play That Tackles Football and Head Injuries

X's and O's: Former 49er Dwight Hicks in Play That Tackles Football and Head Injuries

Playwright KJ Sanchez thinks there’s no better theater than football. “It’s a perfect vehicle for narrative,” she says. “If you look at the way Joseph Campbell broke down the hero’s myth and how every great story follows the same…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Singer and Comedienne Meow Meow Brings Glamour, Sequins, and Joy to the Berkeley Rep

Singer and Comedienne Meow Meow Brings Glamour, Sequins, and Joy to the Berkeley Rep

Kamikaze cabaret. Post-post-modern diva. A cross between Liza Minnelli, Lady Gaga and Lucille Ball. Describing the singer and comedienne Meow Meow and what she does seems to leave people a little breathless. She’s performed at venues including Lincoln Center,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tony Kushner Wrestles with Angels and Politics in "The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures"

Tony Kushner Wrestles with Angels and Politics in "The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures"

Winner of two Tony Awards, three Obies, an Emmy and a Pulitzer Prize, Tony Kushner probably remains best known for "Angels in America," his two-part epic play that involves love, loss, Mormonism, Valium addiction, imaginary trips to the Antarctic,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Not a Genuine Black Man": A Compelling One-Man Play

"Not a Genuine Black Man": A Compelling One-Man Play

Two hours is a long time to watch a one-man show, unless that one man is very, very good at what he's doing. And for the past decade, Brian Copeland has been honing "Not a Genuine Black Man," his…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Oakland Playwright Explores New Orleans Ancestry in a World Premiere at Berkeley Rep

Oakland Playwright Explores New Orleans Ancestry in a World Premiere at Berkeley Rep

Poet and playwright Marcus Gardley grew up in West Oakland, but his relatives (who were also his neighbors), came from New Orleans, which influenced him as much as the Bay Area did. He's always been interested in his ancestry,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist In Berkeley Rep's <em>Fallaci</em>, a Journalist Takes on Everybody

In Berkeley Rep's Fallaci, a Journalist Takes on Everybody

She got Henry Kissinger to say the war in Vietnam was useless, asked the Shah of Iran if he would throw her in jail if she were Iranian and criticized him, and wondered to Libya's Muammar Qaddafi if he…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>An Iliad</em> at Berkeley Rep: Three Shades of Grey

An Iliad at Berkeley Rep: Three Shades of Grey

Don't mistake An Iliad, which just opened at Berkeley Rep, for The Iliad. That indefinite article is in the title for a reason. Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare's adaptation of Homer's epic poem makes no pretense of being the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Theater Podcast: Berkeley Rep's <i>Ghost Light</i> Confounds Our Critics

Theater Podcast: Berkeley Rep's Ghost Light Confounds Our Critics

Some plays need to be hashed over with a friend. SF Weekly theater reviewers Lily Janiak and Benjamin Wachs recently caught Ghost Light, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre's ambitious exploration of the son of assassinated San Francisco mayor John Moscone finding…
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Music, All Shook Down Billie Joe Armstrong, Movie Star: Green Day Singer to Act in <i>American Idiot</i> Film

Billie Joe Armstrong, Movie Star: Green Day Singer to Act in American Idiot Film

First it was an album. Then it was a musical at Berkeley Rep. Then it was a Broadway musical. Soon, Green Day's American Idiot will be a film. And no one other than Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong -- Rodeo…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Review: Three One-Person Plays Worth Watching

Review: Three One-Person Plays Worth Watching

I didn't plan to see a trio of one-person plays in a single weekend, but sometimes that's just how it shakes out. The three shows -- a reimagining of Greek mythology at Cutting Ball (Bone to Pick / Diadem), a…
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