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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture: Theater

Re: “Marcus Gardley's Memories of West Oakland

The play is fantastic. The writing, the acting, the singing will cradle you in this 125 year old theatrical space that has deep roots in Oakland. A talented cast of 18 put out an amazing feast. Go see it!

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Posted by Karen Broder on 07/18/2015 at 11:59 PM

Re: “The Writhing on the Wall

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Posted by Editor on 07/02/2015 at 12:04 AM

Re: “The Writhing on the Wall

Very, very minor quibble... Gilman did not write the story in 1892, but in 1890 (actually, on this exact date in 1890 as I write this). It took her some time to find a publisher. See: http://americanliteraryblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/gilman-color-is-repellant.html

Posted by Rob Velella on 06/06/2015 at 2:27 PM

Re: “If These Walls Could Mime

Oh. That is confusing. Will fix.

Posted by Anna Pulley on 03/26/2015 at 12:35 PM

Re: “If These Walls Could Mime

Debra is the manikin head :)

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Posted by Michèle Owen on 03/25/2015 at 4:34 PM

Re: “If These Walls Could Mime

It's Michele Owen and Christina Shonkwiler as the two clown/Beckett characters and Sango Tajima as the bumblebee/sweepstakes host for the Malibu piece.

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Posted by Sabrina Wenske on 03/25/2015 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Funny Escapism Never Goes Out of Style

I did not find the comment about the same-sex couple homophobic at all. As a gay male, I was actually surprised the line was written and found it funny. I thought it was ahead of its time. Also, let us not forget the "It's Pat" sketch on SNL. Not to mention all the other "crazy" people that were mentioned that live in the same apartment building. I found the play, while sitcomie, reminded me of my spouse and me...I am married to a Paul. And the line "even when I didn't like you...I still loved you" made me tear up...ok I am a crier :) Good review.

Posted by Dana Anderson on 02/08/2015 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Eleanor Roosevelt's Great Lesbian Love Affair

Let's hope the run is extended at the Berkeley City Club. A second wind on the East Coast would be even better!

Posted by Shirley Kirsten on 01/22/2015 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Funny Escapism Never Goes Out of Style

good article!

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Posted by John Pulley on 01/21/2015 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Review: An Audience with Meow Meow at Berkeley Rep Is Not Quite Purrfect

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Posted by Editor on 09/25/2014 at 3:09 AM

Re: “Review: An Audience with Meow Meow at Berkeley Rep Is Not Quite Purrfect

The promo that BRT sent out on this show was so completely snoozers that I wasn't even remotely tempted to part with my hard-earned $$. Do we really need another self-absorbed, hyperhetero/drag queen in genetic female clothing - flashback to the 80's anybody? But thanks for the review, which confirmed that I'd dodged a bullet, i.e. total irreversible coma in a theatre seat. You can almost hear the little wheels a churnin' at the BRT board meeting "we've got to get the (YOUNGER) men with high tech pockets in here people?!?"

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Posted by Jeanette Sarmiento on 09/19/2014 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Review: Aurora Theatre's 'A Bright New Boise'

Read this one instead. Anna Pulley is just too smug and cynical to get this play...

http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/everyday-people-revealed-in-aurora-theatres-a-bright-new-boise/Content?oid=2630639

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Posted by Henry Coleman on 11/20/2013 at 12:30 AM

Re: “Cal Shake's 'Lady Windermere's Fan' Is Far Too Serious

i agree that Kitchens' performance is "distractingly overwrought". Otherwise, this review is mostly offbase. I enjoyed the show but I thought that Darlington seemed like a Judy Garland fanboy in the first act, and a completely different person in the second. Ross was flawless.

Posted by Denise Shelton on 09/04/2013 at 12:21 AM

Re: “Cal Shake's 'Lady Windermere's Fan' Is Far Too Serious

Maybe you should learn a little more theatrical history. Lady Windermere's Fan was written as a drama. You seem to be the only reviewer to not get that. Perhaps the play is just to erudite for you.

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Posted by Steve Mcgough on 08/24/2013 at 5:54 AM

Re: “Cal Shakes Injects Its 'Romeo and Juliet' With a Rare Passion

Great review. Saw the play July 14 -- agree with everything you say about it. "None of that wilting Romeo Romeo business" -- YES!

Posted by Marianne Villanueva on 07/22/2013 at 10:34 PM

Re: “The Return of SF Sketchfest

There is one East Bay show: http://sfsketchfest.com/x/performers/the-l…

Posted by Mike Spiegelman on 01/23/2013 at 1:22 AM

Re: “No Longer a Ben & Jerry's Flavor, Wavy Gravy Is Still Mr. Softee

One little correction: At Woodstock, Wavy called it the "please force", not peace; as in "please don't do that, do this instead."

Posted by KS on 12/20/2012 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Tom Waits' Junkyard Jazz Juices Up 'Woyzeck'

The album Blood Money is superb..not weird or harsh or clamorous. Just listen to All The World Is Green, and see how he uses a whole new muted instrumentation of stroh violin and clarinet to create a pocket world embued with sadness.

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Posted by Dre Hund on 12/16/2012 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Rep's 'An Iliad' Is An Urgent Descendant of Homer's Epic

"Homer may have been the first to put ink to parchment and write down The Iliad..."


The blind bard?

Posted by Thomas Collins on 10/26/2012 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Miller's Web of Lies

RIP CHRIS CHAPMAN. You are missed.

Posted by Barrelof Monkeys on 05/23/2012 at 11:32 AM

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