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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Considers Racial History at 1300 on Fillmore

Bouncer Considers Racial History at 1300 on Fillmore

If "Rule 34" exists (the idea that if something is, there will be someone to sexually fetishize it), then it stands to reason that I can create a "Rule 44," which states that for any phenomenon there is an upper…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Heat Is On

The Heat Is On

African-American Shakespeare Company’s production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof excises neither “redneck” nor the n-word from the original script. Director L. Peter Callender “hasn’t changed a word,” aside from creating his own hybrid of playwright Tennessee Williams’ multiple…
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Culture, Encore

Now Playing

The Aliens: Two young men in a New England town meditating on music, philosophy, drugs, and Bukowski find a disciple behind a coffeehouse. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through May 5. $20-$70. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596. Audium 9: Spatial electronic orchestrations…
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SF Weekly Letters

Keep Tortured Metaphor to Yourself Kids should ride Muni for free: Kindness of strangers? Did Joe Eskenazi even look at the funding sources that were carefully identified and secured to make this proposed program possible? Or is that too much…
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News, Sucka Free City Supes Should Rethink Kids' Free Muni Rides

Supes Should Rethink Kids' Free Muni Rides

There's a world of difference between standing in the cold desiring a streetcar and A Streetcar Named Desire. But, thanks to San Francisco's ongoing drive to ensure those streetcars are more crowded and arrive less frequently, the gap between this…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Body Can’t Lie

The Body Can’t Lie

Seeing a dance choreographed by Holly Johnson is like going to a Tennessee Williams play where the actors have forgotten how to speak and instead deliver their lines through movement. Her latest piece, Want, which has its world premier this…
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Culture, Encore

Now Playing

Audium 9: Spatial electronic orchestrations and sound sculptures. Early arrival is advised. Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. $20. Audium-Theatre of Sound-Sculptured Space, 1616 Bush (at Franklin), 771-1616. Beach Blanket Babylon: Steve Silver's musical revue spoofs pop culture with extravagant costumes. Wednesdays-Sundays.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sibling Tension Runs Amok in Rhino's Production of <i>The Two-Character Play</i>

Sibling Tension Runs Amok in Rhino's Production of The Two-Character Play

"Tennessee Williams has outdone himself." That's hard to fathom. Consider the sexual tension, violence, and denial of A Streetcar Named Desire. Consider the years of family dysfunction and sexual repression in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Consider the violated…
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Culture, Encore

Now Playing

Audium 9: Spatial electronic orchestrations and sound sculptures. Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m., early arrival advised. $20. Audium-Theatre of Sound-Sculptured Space, 1616 Bush (at Franklin), 771-1616. Beach Blanket Babylon: Steve Silver's musical revue spoofs pop culture with extravagant costumes. Wednesdays-Sundays. $25-$130.…
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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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Culture, Stage "Period of Adjustment": Romantic Holiday Comedy Achieves Lyrical Poignancy

"Period of Adjustment": Romantic Holiday Comedy Achieves Lyrical Poignancy

Comedy is not what we associate with Tennessee Williams. Sure, there are funny lines in A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Glass Menagerie. But what we cherish is the poetry with which characters convey…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist A Great Performance: Nicholas Pelczar in Marin Theatre's <i>The Glass Menagerie</i>

A Great Performance: Nicholas Pelczar in Marin Theatre's The Glass Menagerie

Marin Theatre Company is billing its current production of The Glass Menagerie as a bold interpretation of the Tennessee Williams play. But what makes this production excel is not an unusual concept or directorial razzle dazzle. It's the extraordinary performance…
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Calendar, Night&Day Light Is Heavy -- and Light Again

Light Is Heavy -- and Light Again

Comedy is not what we associate with Tennessee Williams. But Period of Adjustment, one of Williams' lesser-known plays, is every bit a comedy. A Christmas comedy. Could the master of lyrical poignancy succeed in a genre so foreign to his…
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Culture, Stagecap

"A Streetcar Named Desire": Theater Review

It's tempting to call this new production A Streetcar Named Desire's triumphant return to the stage. But, of course, Streetcar never really left. It's such a piece of Americana that even if you've never seen it, you know the tropes…
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Calendar, Night&Day Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness

As the pages of the calendar turn and the darkness gradually gives way to light, this is a natural time to reflect on the year behind us and the year ahead. We wave goodbye to what we're glad to be…
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Calendar, Night&Day Embracing the Dysfunction

Embracing the Dysfunction

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955) is probably the best play Williams wrote in the '50s. The play is a little overcooked, even by Williams' standards, but in the right hands it can be a galvanizing drama about family…
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Culture, Stage "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof": Taking Tennessee Williams in two very different directions

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof": Taking Tennessee Williams in two very different directions

Tennessee Williams' big break was The Glass Menagerie (1944), followed by A Streetcar Named Desire (1947). His career went steadily downhill from there — a fitting state of affairs for a man whose writing betrayed an ongoing obsession with desperation…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse movie listings for July 21-27, 2010

To submit a listing, e-mail film@sfweekly.com. Artists' Television Access. "The Bard in Bollywood: Shakespeare Reinvented": Presentation and film clips presented by 3rd i. Sat., July 24, 7 p.m. $8-$10. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. Bridge Theatre. Phantom of…
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Culture, Stagecap

South Pathetic

In Jim David's solo show, he hilariously re-enacts his experience directing a godawful production of Tennessee Williams' Streetcar Named Desire in Thermal City, North Carolina, at "the worst community theater in the South." David is a seasoned stand-up comedian in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tennessee&#146;s Last Waltz

Tennessee’s Last Waltz

Deservedly or not, Ishtar and Heaven’s Gate routinely top the Hollywood bomb list. Apparently no one remembers the 1968 Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton vehicle, Boom!, based on Tennessee Williams’ Broadway flop The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore. The lush (in…
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