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Culture, The Exhibitionist Fighting for the Soul of the Republic, in the S.F. Mime Troupe's <i>Schooled</i>

Fighting for the Soul of the Republic, in the S.F. Mime Troupe's Schooled

Move over, Common Core. Babbittry is the dogma at the former Eleanor Roosevelt Academy once it becomes the Learning Academy of Virtual Achievement (or LAVA) in the San Francisco Mime Troupe's production of Schooled. With encomiums to "make American…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>City of Angels</i>: Film Noir Musical Comedy at SF Playhouse

City of Angels: Film Noir Musical Comedy at SF Playhouse

A quartet starts the show by scatting in harmony. Nonsense “ba da da das” spill out of their mouths in unison. What starts as an ode to the Manhattan Transfer crescendos into a vocal evocation of a film noir symphonic…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist All the Human Animals at The West Edge Festival 2016

All the Human Animals at The West Edge Festival 2016

Opera is all emotion and no logic. The opening weekend of The West Edge Festival was an excellent reminder of that fact. Over the course of two weeks, West Edge Opera is staging three operas in an abandoned train…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Struggles of Homeless Women Vets, in <i>Low Hanging Fruit</i>

The Struggles of Homeless Women Vets, in Low Hanging Fruit

A chopper hovers over Cory's encampment, in one of Low Hanging Fruit's most moving moments. The army vet who was awarded a Purple Heart following two tours of Iraq, a sliced throat and a suicide bombing that killed 19 of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Grand Concourse</i> is Paved with Good Intentions

Grand Concourse is Paved with Good Intentions

How do you solve a problem like Emma? She’s self-centered, callow, and dishonest. When she volunteers at a church soup kitchen that Shelley runs, we feel, perhaps, there’s hope for her yet. Two hours later, Grand Concourse has taken great pains…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Drink Your (Expired?) Juice at <i>Stale Magnolias</i>

Drink Your (Expired?) Juice at Stale Magnolias

One of the more quotable films of the late '80s, Steel Magnolias has a cast that feels like a once-per-century cosmic alignment: Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Darryl Hannah, and doomed diabetic daughter Julia Roberts (along…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Anachronisms and Mysterious Strangers in <i>The Rules</i>, at the Sandbox Series

Anachronisms and Mysterious Strangers in The Rules, at the Sandbox Series

Dipika Guha’s play The Rules unearths a buried tome only to respond to it with a psychologically incoherent corrective. Over two million people bought a copy of The Rules, one of a series of New Age books that Americans went…
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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 Boys to Men in <i>Master Harold</i> at the Aurora

Boys to Men in Master Harold at the Aurora

Enacted in 1950, The Population Registration Act in South Africa classified its citizens by their race. It was the legislative foundation on which apartheid — the policy of racial segregation — was officially built. It’s not a coincidence that…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist L. Peter Callender Stars in Classic South African Play at the Aurora

L. Peter Callender Stars in Classic South African Play at the Aurora

There aren’t a lot of famous people who actor and director L. Peter Callender would like to meet. Actress Halle Berry is on that list, along with President Barack Obama and ballet dancer Misty Copeland. And then there’s South African…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ride The Village Bike, Ride Becky Ride

Ride The Village Bike, Ride Becky Ride

Are you daydreaming about having an affair? Or are you already embroiled in the sticky business of it? Is the illicit thrill worth upending a marriage? Is your sense of reason all fogged in? What will it take for the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Dream of Flight in For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday

The Dream of Flight in For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday

If you were watching For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday through a lens, it would be set to soft focus. There’s a feathery moire effect around the edges of Sarah Ruhl’s memory play. Kathleen Chalfant is the 70-year-old Ann…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Fifty Years on, David Kleinberg's <i>Hey, Hey, LBJ!</i> Takes a Journalistic View of Vietnam

Fifty Years on, David Kleinberg's Hey, Hey, LBJ! Takes a Journalistic View of Vietnam

“I don’t have a background in theater. I’m not a performer,” says David Kleinberg. “It’s all been learned in the last eight years. I think it took 50 years for be to be ready to do it.” The longtime San…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Lovely, Low-Key <i>On A Clear Day</i> At NCTC: Barbra Would No Doubt Approve

Lovely, Low-Key On A Clear Day At NCTC: Barbra Would No Doubt Approve

New Conservatory Theater Center offers a low-key, lovely production of the classic musical On A Clear Day You Can See Forever. On A Clear Day has long been a show in search of an audience — though audiences seem to love…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist First Person Plural: <i>The Last Five Years</i> at A.C.T.

First Person Plural: The Last Five Years at A.C.T.

Originally produced in 2001, A.C.T.’s revival of The Last Five Years breathlessly charts the demise of a marriage in song. Jamie (Zak Resnick) is an ambitious young writer, otherwise known as a self-involved cad. His wife Cathy (Margo Seibert) is…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Behind the Scene with <i>The Last Five Years</i>

Behind the Scene with The Last Five Years

For the past six weeks, Margo Seibert (Rocky) and Zak Resnick (Mamma Mia!) have spent most of their waking moments independently pouring themselves into the same two-person show — The Last Five Years, directed by Michael Berresse and playing at A.C.T.’s…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Compton's Cafeteria at 50: Daughters of a Riot Traces Queer Lineages to 1966

Compton's Cafeteria at 50: Daughters of a Riot Traces Queer Lineages to 1966

The Stonewall Riot has entered the popular consciousness as the dawn of the LGBT riots movement, and although the film was widely panned (and boycotted) for rewriting history, President Obama's move to incorporate the site as a national park…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Moor’s Last Sigh in Red Velvet

The Moor’s Last Sigh in Red Velvet

At one point in Lolita Chakrabarti’s play Red Velvet, a white actor reads the N-word aloud. Even though he recites it from a newspaper article and isn’t using the word himself, the audience uttered audible “ohs”. The theatre critic who…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Up Above the World with <i>The Empty Nesters</i>

Up Above the World with The Empty Nesters

When Paul Bowles writes about couples whose marriages are in trouble, he sends them abroad for the unraveling. In Garret Jon Groenveld’s play The Empty Nesters, he sends Frances and Greg to the Grand Canyon. This vacation — along…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist San Francisco Playhouse Announces 2016-17 Season

San Francisco Playhouse Announces 2016-17 Season

Downtown S.F.'s only mid-sized venue…
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