Theater

Awake and singing

The Jewish Theatre launches its final season with a resonant new play about the Group Theatre

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THEATER The company members onstage had started out just a couple of hours ago in literal harmony, joined in song. Now everyone appears spent, heated, and confused. They wonder what has happened to them. They wonder if they've lost their way; if their extraordinary effort and success over recent years has been worth anything. It's a moment of truth, fraught with personal and collective drama, overshadowed by desperate and tumultuous times. The Group Theatre, arguably the most influential theater in American history, is about to disband.Read more »

Not new, but renewing

Stage: Aurora Theatre offers a terrific revival of an Albee classic

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THEATER New plays are usually big selling points for theaters, and they have a certain pizzazz for audiences too, but their power to renew interest in theater is a different matter. The best play seen on a local stage so far this season is not a new play, as it happens, but an old one, with a big name attached and a Pulitzer in tow. But Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance (1966) reminds you why people go to the theater in the first place.Read more »

Still weird after all these years

SF Fringe Fest turns 20

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THEATER Here's a preliminary accounting from the San Francisco Fringe Festival, which remarkably turns the big two-oh this year. (There's a nifty 2012 wall calendar to mark the occasion available somewhere in the Exit Theatre complex, traditional nerve center for the lottery-based festival started by Exit stalwarts Christina Augello and Richard Livingston.)Read more »

It's people!

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

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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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