Robert Avila

It's people!

Big Art Group's secret ingredient is revealed as The People descends on Z Space

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Spontaneous Victorian combustion: “Jane Austen Unscripted” returns to the Bay Area

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More signs of gentrification in the Bay Area, this time sanguine, as Los Angeles-based Impro Theatre’s acclaimed show, Jane Austen Unscripted, returns starting tonight (Wed/7) for gigs at 142 Throckmorton Theatre (Mill Valley) and BATS’ Bayfront Theater (SF). If you saw Jane Austen Unscripted in one of its two previous local engagements over the last few years, you already know the group sports some of the quickest wits in the Western canon. Jane Austen Unscripted is directed by BATS cofounder Dan O’Connor and comedian-writer Paul Rogan and features an amazing cast of improvisers, fully capable of creating a full-length play in the style of Jane Austen spontaneously each night, with a theme suggested by the audience. Improv fans, Austen fans, ceiling fans: this stuff is hot. A funnier, sharper assemblage of off-the-cuff maestros is hard to come by, especially in cuffs like these.

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Grinning and bearing it

Exit, Pursued by a Bear goes all Wild Kingdom on domestic matters

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THEATER A sweet, normally placid Southern working-class wifey named Nan Carter (Erin Gilley) — no relation to Jimmy, but oh how for some reason she wishes! — takes revenge on her abusive husband Kyle (Patrick Jones) with the help of two close friends, a roll of duct tape, a fresh deer carcass, and a working knowledge of the dramatic arts in Crowded Fire's world premiere of playwright Lauren Gunderson's light but witty comedy.Read more »

For the fall of it

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Autumn's most intriguing theatrical events

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FALL ARTS Puppets, fanciful forms of democracy, and disfigured villains are leitmotifs beyond the Beltway this season, as the following theater and performance highlights suggest.Read more »

Familiar but strange

Reviving Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts

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Class clowns

Back Alley Theater's Country Club Catastrophe puts a new farce on the tragically burgeoning dimensions of the class divide

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THEATER Linda Brown is a maid at the end of her tether, and tender, as the much-put-upon employee-slave of an exclusive country club. The signs are there from the moment she steps onto the stage: the circles under the young woman's eyes, her frightened stare, the desperate swigs from a ready flask, not to mention her shameless histrionic intensity as she addresses the audience about the soul-sucking richies perpetually at her back.Read more »

As the world turns

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THEATER The title of Matt Smith's solo show recalls a certain long-running television soap, but the tale it flags is nutty even by the guiding light of that genre. The Seattle-based writer-performer's All My Children, now running at the Berkeley Marsh, is the wry, offbeat first-person account of one solitary middle-aged man's shameless construction of a family by unconventional means — namely, stalking the children of his exes.Read more »

Calling the doom tune

San Francisco Mime Troupe's new show lambastes apocalypse as capitalist distraction in 2012: The Musical!

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Wanna see something really silly? "Twilight Zone Live: Season 8"

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The Dark Room’s suckling at the boob tube is a mass cultural sub-phenomenon of questionable taste and, yes, abnormal staying power. Remember 2005’s Batman the TV Show: The Play? I still wake up screaming from that one. But the persistence of this peculiar fetish is perhaps best measured by the yardstick of one series in particular, to wit, Dark Room’s annual live staging of Twilight Zone episodes.

It continues this weekend, and every subsequent weekend in July, in the eighth installment of Twilight Zone Live, actual episodes from the hoary small screen perennial recreated with wry comic aplomb and mainlined nostalgia by a variety of guest directors and comedy-ready cast members. Better than TV in that it is slightly bigger. Need more enticement? Check out Sam Shaw and Dan Foley in this spiffy pitch-perfect video teaser from Crisis Hopkins, an (almost) faithful recreation of the 1983 teaser for The Twilight Zone: The Movie

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Don't go changin'

Kafka's The Metamorphosis discovers itself transformed into a play

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