Robert Avila

Don't go changin'

Kafka's The Metamorphosis discovers itself transformed into a play

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Getting what you want

Second annual This Is What I Want plumbs the nature of desire

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Return to Barbary Lane

New musical Tales of the City debuts (where else?) in San Francisco -- and nostalgia reigns supreme

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Beating a fourth horse

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Beat poet and Buddhist Allen Ginsberg inspires "The Worst Horse," a Fri/27 program of multidisciplinary work at the San Francisco Zen Center curated by acclaimed SF author and RADAR founder Michelle Tea.

If Ginsberg’s definition of poetry as “making the private world public” is one starting point, the other is the Buddhist parable of the fourth horse, related by Zen Center founder Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in his famous Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. In the story, the mere shadow of the whip causes the first horse to run swiftly away, while it’s the first touch of the whip that induces the flight of the second, and the whip’s tearing of the flesh that provokes the third horse’s flight. But the fourth horse does not run until it’s repeatedly lashed.

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Stein time

David Greenspan presents Gertrude Stein's Plays

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2,000 years in the waking

Poland's Teatr ZAR brings its singular songs and theater to the SF International Arts Festival 

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Hot house Magic

Taylor Mac's The Lily's Revenge lights up Magic Theatre with earthy flower power

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THEATER Talk about community theater. New York City drag artist Taylor Mac doesn't just bring his Obie Award–winning 2009 show to town, but a good swath of the town to the show. That includes six local directors and something like 40 local actors and musicians, with host Magic Theatre producing in collaboration with queer performance collective THEOFFCENTER and a large handful of other Bay Area players (Climate Theater, Crowded Fire, elastic future, Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project, Shotgun Players, and TheatreWorks).Read more »

Age against the Machine

Geoff Hoyle's Geezer lives!

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THEATER Death-defying acts of autobiography enliven the main stage at the Marsh this week in Geoff Hoyle's unadorned yet dazzling new solo show. Developed with director David Ford — and one of the very best things to come from the Marsh's fertile performance breeding grounds all year if not longer — Geezer takes a serpentine course through the accomplished career of the longtime Bay Area actor and physical comedian to confront the challenges, epiphanies, and qualified, but nonetheless quality, opportunities of aging and mortality.Read more »

Outside and inside

A burgeoning queer performance scene in the Bay Area is creating new zones

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Inside job

Beardo's take on Rasputin reaches deep, fishes around, and comes up perfectly weird 

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THEATER A man lies in the woods, his arm in a hole. A mystic? A mushroom hunter? A mad monk maybe? He's in tatters, grimy, seemingly unconscious, bearded.Read more »