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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>A Minor Cycle</i>: Theatre of Yugen Makes Major Effort to Bridge Cultural Gaps, with Minor Results

A Minor Cycle: Theatre of Yugen Makes Major Effort to Bridge Cultural Gaps, with Minor Results

For many audiences, seeing a show by Theatre of Yugen, which produces traditional Japanese theater, involves negotiating contradictory desires: first, to experience on its own terms an art form whose stories, styles, and sign systems are so different from…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Podcast Review: <em>Open</em> Explores the Perks and Pitfalls of Polyamory

Podcast Review: Open Explores the Perks and Pitfalls of Polyamory

Jeff Bedillion's Open, about a married couple who decide to have an open relationship, makes no pretense of being ennobling, intellectual, or avant-garde, instead reveling in the banal, the carnal, and the tawdry. But low art must have standards,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Extreme Theater: Strindberg's Chamber Plays in Rep at the Cutting Ball

Extreme Theater: Strindberg's Chamber Plays in Rep at the Cutting Ball

We'll admit it; we thought we knew the playwright August Strindberg, who died 100 years ago this year. We'd seen his most famous anti-heroine, Miss Julie, of the eponymous play, kill herself enough times and watched enough Strindberg and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Toil and Trouble</em> Stirs Together <em>Macbeth</em>, the Giants, Llamas, and Angel Investors

Toil and Trouble Stirs Together Macbeth, the Giants, Llamas, and Angel Investors

Local playwright Lauren Gunderson has a knack for making the problems of flibbertigibbets look both loathsomely silly and cosmically weighty. In her acclaimed Exit, Pursued by a Bear, which premiered at Crowded Fire in 2011, she made her audience…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Review: <i>The Lion King</i> (Broadway in San Francisco)

Review: The Lion King (Broadway in San Francisco)

This past weekend was the opening night of Disney's The Lion King, and we'd first like to tell you that attendance is mandatory. Regardless of anything else in this review, or anything you may read in any other review for…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Phaedra's Love</em>: The Greek Myth Gets a Raunchy and Paunchy Reimagining

Phaedra's Love: The Greek Myth Gets a Raunchy and Paunchy Reimagining

Do It Live!'s production of Phaedra's Love opens with a portrait of putrefaction. So copious are the stage's dirty laundry, pizza boxes, and partly finished bags of cereal that towers have sprouted from the undergrowth. At the center of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson</em>: Growing Pains for S.F. Playhouse

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: Growing Pains for S.F. Playhouse

Andrew Jackson, title character of San Francisco Playhouse's 10th season opener, doubled the size of the United States, and it's no coincidence that the theater company itself begins this anniversary season in a new space with twice the seats.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Shocktoberfest 13: The Bride of Death</em> Is a Shocking, Gory Good Time

Shocktoberfest 13: The Bride of Death Is a Shocking, Gory Good Time

The playwright Anton Chekhov famously wrote that if you put a gun onstage in a play's first act, then it must go off in the second. That principle is on abundant display in the Thrillpeddlers' production of Shocktoberfest 13:…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Invasion!</em> by Crowded Fire: <em>So</em> Abulkasem

Invasion! by Crowded Fire: So Abulkasem

Invasion!, now in its West Coast premiere at Crowded Fire Theater, is a series of theatrical coups. One moment you're watching the kind of exoticized, Arabian Nights-esque tale that makes you shift uncomfortably in your seat. "I thought I'd…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>P.O.S.H.</em> by foolsFURY: The Urgent Mockery of Hawaiian Shirts and Mai Tais

P.O.S.H. by foolsFURY: The Urgent Mockery of Hawaiian Shirts and Mai Tais

If you're looking for an easy target, cruise passengers are probably somewhere between hipsters and Todd Akin. But foolsFURY, a physical theater ensemble, evidently likes its fish in barrels. Its latest show, Port Out, Starboard Home or P.O.S.H., which…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Podcast Review: <em>The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity</em> Marks Elaborate Entrance for the Aurora's 21st Season

Podcast Review: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity Marks Elaborate Entrance for the Aurora's 21st Season

Theater and professional wrestling have a lot in common. They both have no shame when it comes to flamboyant costumes, they're both, well, fake, and, as the Aurora's The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity argues, they're both art forms…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Occupy Fringe Theatre 2012</em>: The Good, the Bad, and the Glowy

Occupy Fringe Theatre 2012: The Good, the Bad, and the Glowy

Seeing the San Francisco Fringe Festival, now in its 21st year as Occupy Fringe Theatre 2012, is an exercise in serendipity and anthropology. You never know what to expect from a show, other than that it will last about…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Frogs Love Pee: <em>Chinglish</em> Explores the Hilarious Absurdities of Language

Frogs Love Pee: Chinglish Explores the Hilarious Absurdities of Language

Chinglish, written by David Henry Hwang and directed by Leigh Silverman, is a comedy set in modern day capitalistic China. It follows the adventures of Daniel, a down-on-his-luck Ohio businessman, (Alex Moggridge) looking to sell signs with the proper Chinese…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Murder at the Exit</em> Wins Most Bizarre Theater Experience of the Year

Murder at the Exit Wins Most Bizarre Theater Experience of the Year

Murder at the Exit is poorly written, directed, and acted -- which is to say, go see it. Though the short series of noir-esque scenes by Catchy Name Theatre Company and the Unknown Players won't be making top 10…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist 25th Anniversary of <em>Les Mis&eacute;rables</em> Is Not to Be Les Missed

25th Anniversary of Les Misérables Is Not to Be Les Missed

I love it when theater companies take a classic and really re-vamp the hell out of it. If you think you have seen Les Misérables, I assure you, you have not seen it like this. Inspired by the paintings of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Copulation Pantomime: Thrillpeddlers Thrill Once Again with <em>Marat/Sade</em>

Copulation Pantomime: Thrillpeddlers Thrill Once Again with Marat/Sade

Marat/Sade might seem like an unusual choice for the Thrillpeddlers. Could a theater troupe devoted to tawdry musical revues and glow-in-the-dark spook shows really pull off Peter Weiss's heady, multilayered play about French Revolutionaries, the new ruling class, and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Review: <em>Truffaldino Says No</em> -- We Say Maybe

Review: Truffaldino Says No -- We Say Maybe

Truffaldino Says No, now at Shotgun under the direction of M. Graham Smith, is a loving deconstruction of commedia dell'arte. But the play is at its best when it merely shows the cracks in the form's façade, as opposed…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Hedwig and the Angry Inch</em> Rocks the Boxcar

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Rocks the Boxcar

Arrive early to the Boxcar's production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and stay late. Director Nick Olivero has both expanded and condensed the groundbreaking rock-musical, and in all the right places. Don't worry; the mutilated genitalia that gives…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>American Idiot</em>: Our Podcast Review

American Idiot: Our Podcast Review

We've all heard of adapting books and movies for the stage. But albums? Green Day's American Idiot, a musical now at the Orpheum, at least came from a concept album that features recurring characters and a continuous story. It's…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Parents Square Off in High-Class Cage Match: Marin Theatre Company's <em>God of Carnage</em>

Parents Square Off in High-Class Cage Match: Marin Theatre Company's God of Carnage

Nina Ball's set for Marin Theatre Company's production of God of Carnage is one of the most apt and striking designs for the stage that we've seen in a while. It clearly announces its characters' class, with its high ceilings,…
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