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Change of Heart 

Wednesday, Feb 6 2013
San Francisco Theater Pub has long catered to audiences who find most theater too stuffy — that is, not free and not staged in a bar. This month’s show, The Heart Plays, taps yet another niche audience: those who cannot tolerate plays of more than 18 lines. But this is no one-minute happening; Theater Pub is staging nine directors’ versions of the play, each with its own group of actors performing in a different part of the bar. For producer Annie Paladino, who’s also one of the directors, Heiner Müller’s Heart Play works well as a series of juxtaposed interpretations because of its openness. The play, says Paladino, both allows and requires directors “to project their own feelings about love onto the text.” Audiences will see “drastically different pieces, not only in meaning and style," says Paladino. "They look and sound different. They blend into each other and contradict each other. The play can be very pessimistic; it can also be very beautiful and uplifting.” While the text has a lovely, wry charm, this event, more than most theater, celebrates the power of directing. And beer.
Mon., Feb. 18, 8 p.m., 2013

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