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FALL ARTS 2014 Ten top picks from the season's theater calendar

The Old Woman

Britten: Curlew River Subtitled A Parable for Church Performance (Op. 71), Benjamin Britten's 1964 church parable is based on a 15th-century Japanese Noh play with a libretto by South African and British author William Plomer. A major turning point for Britten's later style, Curlew River plumbs themes of suffering and redemption in the story of a bereft mother told by four characters in the Noh tradition. British tenor Ian Bostridge stars in this new, enveloping, and highly praised multimedia staging co-presented by London's Barbican Centre and Cal Performances. Nov. 14–15, Zellerbach Hall, Berk;

Superheroes A journalist investigating the history of the crack-cocaine epidemic follows a maze of shady associations to reach a startling conclusion in this new play written and directed by Campo Santo's Sean San José and inspired by the late Gary Webb's maverick work on the links between the CIA and Central American drug traffickers. Nov. 14–Dec. 14, Cutting Ball Theater, SF; *


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