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Dark Porch Theatre explores familial foreignness in Tutor

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Tutor's Major von Berg (Ryan Hayes) conducts a family foot inspection.
PHOTO BY MARTIN SCHWARTZ

The generational and authoritarian tension between the parents and the children, and the forbidden love it both produces and dooms, is a classic theme recalling Lenz's contemporary Schiller's Intrigue and Love or, a century later, Wedekind's Spring Awakening. Gussie highlights it at the outset when she announces petulantly, "In all of our stories, discipline is the hero. In all of our stories discipline is broken and has its revenge."

Damn if she isn't right, too. Tutor's exploration of the exclave limns a mental landscape as much as anything else: an alienated chunk of real estate ruled by an authoritarian regime known variously as the Superego, or Daddy, or "doo."

 

Tutor: Enter the Enclave

Through Oct. 22, $15-$25

Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.

Exit Studio

156 Eddy, SF

(415) 673-3847

www.darkporchtheatre.com

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