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Culture, Stage Staging the Impossible: Local Theaters Take on Daunting Feats of Interpretation

Staging the Impossible: Local Theaters Take on Daunting Feats of Interpretation

Word for Word, as its name suggests, is perhaps unique among theater companies in that, in adapting works for the stage, it doesn't change a word. That's the 21-year-old company's mission: to bring literary texts to the stage as written,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Lady Dinos Need Love, Too

Lady Dinos Need Love, Too

When Tim and Lex Murphy are stuck in a kitchen with two terrifying T. rexes in the cult classic Jurassic Park, there must have been a few people who sided with the dinosaurs. Those big, scaly faces were kind…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Catfish Generation

The Catfish Generation

Researcher Danah Boyd started tracking the teen experience of social media back when Friendster actually mattered. Her conclusions about the generation that has grown up breathing data like air are optimistic and generous: These kids hang out in cyberspace…
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Calendar, Night&Day Highway Fraternity

Highway Fraternity

In many ways, Road Show tells the story of the American Dream. The musical, written by three-time Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim, follows two brothers who crisscross the USA and Canada in search of riches, adventure, and success.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Unscripted Laughter

Unscripted Laughter

At some point in their lives, most people have the "unprepared" dream. That's the one where you show up for the interview naked, can't tie your own shoelaces, or begin the presentation for the boss only to realize you…
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Culture, Stage To His Own Beat: Mick Berry Reincarnates The Who's Keith Moon

To His Own Beat: Mick Berry Reincarnates The Who's Keith Moon

Actor, musician, playwright, and author Mick Berry isn't the kind of guy who would drive a car into a swimming pool or flood three floors of a hotel with a burst waterbed. But he does share a key quality with…
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Culture, Stage Growing Up, and Down: Two Mythic Shows Find Roundabout Paths to Adulthood

Growing Up, and Down: Two Mythic Shows Find Roundabout Paths to Adulthood

True grief does not often make it to our stages. Dramatists might romanticize it with keening, sobbing, or chest-stabbing, but the real, nasty thick of bereavement simply defies dramatization. For how long can you let audience members stew in a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Elf You!

Elf You!

The holidays are busy and stressful times, and we often take for granted the real people responsible for making the holidays happen: those in the service or retail industry. We brush past their feeble attempts to sample us expensive perfumes…
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Calendar, Night&Day Girls Gone Musical

Girls Gone Musical

Apparently, Joe Francis (the lovely fellow behind the Girls Gone Wild franchise) thinks he has a monopoly on drunk girls who like to take their tops off. Earlier this year the, uh, entrepreneur attempted to prevent Madonna from performing her…
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Culture, Stage "Sweeney Todd": Ray of Light Doesn't Go for the Jugular

"Sweeney Todd": Ray of Light Doesn't Go for the Jugular

There are good reasons why Sweeney Todd, now at the Eureka in a Ray of Light production, has something of a cult following. The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is both better and worse than us. He is purer and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Norma Jean Redux

Norma Jean Redux

When Michelle Williams was cast as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, the blogosphere lit up with outrage and petulant assertions that “even drag queens” could do it better. Well, duh. When it comes to larger-than-life female sexuality, drag…
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Calendar, Night&Day Two Far Gone

Two Far Gone

“Tennessee Williams has outdone himself.” That's hard to fathom. Consider the sexual tension, violence, and outright denial of A Streetcar Named Desire. Consider the years of blatant family dysfunction and sexual repression operating on multiple levels in Cat on a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Department Store Depression

Department Store Depression

A 33-year-old man applies for a job as an elf at Macy’s for the holidays. He gets the job and becomes “Crumpet.” Into his diary he logs the lowlights of his eight-hour shifts: 22,000 daily visitors, multiple accidents on Santa’s…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hear All the Voices in His Head

Hear All the Voices in His Head

The phrase “one-man show” is sometimes mistaken for nature’s way of saying “stay home and watch Netflix.” The form has been so diminished by plodding self-indulgence that its mere mention among certain comedy nerds serves as a punchline without need…
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Music, All Shook Down LastNight: Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist at Eureka Theatre; Robin Williams Needs Help

LastNight: Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist at Eureka Theatre; Robin Williams Needs Help

By Oscar Pascual The best thing about Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, is that he hardly ever does his job. Of course it’s not good for those who see him, but it works out great when his patients are hilarious…
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