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Calendar, Night&Day Daisey Does America

Daisey Does America

In early reviews, Mike Daisey was often compared to monologist Spalding Gray. Nowadays, it's Mark Twain because, from 2001's 21 Dog Years: Doing Time at Amazon.com to 2013's Fucking Fucking Fucking Ayn Rand, Daisey has deftly reflected the conceits…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Here's to the Late Spalding Gray: Monologist. Raconteur. Porn Star.

Here's to the Late Spalding Gray: Monologist. Raconteur. Porn Star.

Spalding Gray is my hero, and the only celebrity death to bring me to tears in the past decade. The brutal honesty and humor in his monologues, Swimming to Cambodia being the one you've probably seen, has always been…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hey, You Got Your Storytelling on My Comedy!

Hey, You Got Your Storytelling on My Comedy!

Comedian turned storyteller Dylan Brody’s entire persona seems transported from a calmer, more measured period. He doesn’t go for the shock-and-awe approach of so many stand-up comics, nor does he cultivate an affected, deliberately weird persona like the denizens of…
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More Theater Reviews

Clue. It's worrisome when the preshow announcement to a play based on a 1985 cult classic film includes a caveat that audience-goers should probably be drunk, and also that we should watch the movie at least five times in order…
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More Theater Reviews

Clue. It's worrisome when the preshow announcement to a play based on a 1985 cult classic film includes a caveat that audience-goers should probably be drunk, and also that we should watch the movie at least five times in order…
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Culture, Stagecap

"Mike Daisey's The Last Cargo Cult": Theater Review

Let me be audacious. Theater is about storytelling, and Mike Daisey is the best storyteller out there. He has a simple style, similar to Spalding Gray's monologues, of sitting at a wooden desk, with a glass of water and some…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gray Matter

Gray Matter

Spalding Gray was odd and funny and brilliant and (ultimately) tragic. The nerdy northeastern intellectual wrote poetry, founded an experimental theater group, acted in motion pictures and on TV, and finished a novel. More than anything, he's remembered for his…
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Strange Travel Suggestions

Jeff Greenwald has a mantra when embarking on one of his many treks to far-flung global destinations: "May all of your travels make a fool of you." In the return of this sublime 90-minute night of improvised storytelling, Oakland resident…
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Calendar, Night&Day Move Over, Woody

Move Over, Woody

Arguably the nation's arch memoirist, Spalding Gray was the king of confessional storytelling long before riffing on one's own life turned into a fad. In classic monologues, from the Obie Award--winning Swimming to Cambodia (a wide-roving tale that grew from…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Another Day in the Life

Monologuist Spalding Gray, once astutely dubbed the WASP Woody Allen, has cobbled together a remarkably long-lived career from his own neuroses. Filmmaker Jonathan Demme made an engrossing film from Swimming to Cambodia, Gray's Obie-winning account of the minor role he…
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Talking Trash

British filmmaker Nick Broomfield has made feature films (Dark Obsession), monologues (Spalding Gray's Monster in a Box), and a 1981 movie about young women entering the Army (Soldier Girls). But the director is most known for a more recent series…
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Stage

Let There Be Sleight Bamboozles of the Barbary Coast. Written and performed by Tom Nixon. At the Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Mason), on an open run. Call 646-0984. Bamboozles of the Barbary Coast begins the moment you call for…
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Night + Day

wednesday december 24 Sweet Dreams Are Made of This 'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house/ All the children were flipping out from the sugar high they got at the third annual Gingerbread Architecture Extravaganza. Junior architects…
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Racket

Julia Sweeney begins her monologue God Said Ha! by 'fessing right up to why she's an actress: She craves attention. As one of those people who tends to go ignored in daily life, she's subject to repeated injustices, such as…
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