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Re: “Panic Attacks at San Francisco Fringe Festival

anxiety! who would ever think a city kid could work through anxiety! i had to but i am not the 'frisco kid' but more like the american playbill trick or treat show! really i cant imagine that no one appreciates threatre and only succumbs to hollywood threatre does lack that glow and drama but you can create your own bill if you think of something to say about the ultimate black little dress and why americanism died and it is still sought after as the reason we still care to watch film or acting real or not to be? why do we bother if we cant talk about it. jacqueline or elizabeth they were too outrageous!

Posted by laotra77 on 10/08/2011 at 12:18 PM

Re: “An Abstract Georgia O'Keefe

who else can imagine a conversation about a princess and one american fashion icon? well okeefe he was just a friend and now i know he was always the 'frisco kid' and i knew that too but the police didnt mind me hanging out and talking about people and places and mayor willie brown was always a favorite to listen about and laugh because no one knew he found fashion the mole to the roasted duck! he had other interests but surely the smil belt and dead bolt looks got him to make me understand he may be gay but he knows willie will always be the biggest!

Posted by laotra77 on 10/08/2011 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Balancing Albee at Aurora Theatre

Tom Ross has not been the artistic director for 19 years - Barbara Oliver didn't resign as Aurora's artistic director until 2005.

Posted by --- on 09/21/2011 at 5:19 PM

Re: “A Headstrong Candida

My acting teacher, who was a Marxist, told me that with Shaw you can just read the prefaces and skip the plays because the prefaces say it all.
I have enjoyed many of his plays while totally disagreeing with his Socialist philosophy but the prefaces are also published in a single huge volume.
I recommend them as still intellectually stimulating.
I liked the old Berkeley Shakespeare at Hinkel Park, did work for them in 1980.
Orinda's too rich for my taste.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 08/26/2011 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Zahra Noorbakhsh and the Atheist-Muslim Connection

I've seen the play and it's just a comical, non-ficiton story with a creative title. There's nothing really political about it. I had to stare at the title for 30 minutes trying to make sense of it- and I'm muslim- and then finally gave up. Once I saw it, the title made sense and I guess you could say it gives you a view of some Iranians out there or on just one family. Really depends on how you interpret it. Also, this review was written poorly. Sounds like the author of this article just "expressed" the review without any editing and tried to do two reviews in one. With that being said, go see the play! Oh, but just one more thing: it's Qu'ran, not Koran. It sounds terrible when people say that. It sounds like an American speaking french without at least trying the french accent- no I'm not french- or any other language.

Posted by anonymous on 08/10/2011 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Zahra Noorbakhsh and the Atheist-Muslim Connection

I've seen the play and it's just a comical, non-ficiton story with a creative title. There's nothing really political about it. I had to stare at the title for 30 minutes trying to make sense of it- and I'm muslim- and then finally gave up. Once I saw it, the title made sense and I guess you could say it gives you a view of some Iranians out there or on just one family. Really depends on how you interpret it. Also, this review was written poorly. Sounds like the author of this article just "expressed" the review without any editing and tried to do two reviews in one. With that being said, go see the play! Oh, but just one more thing: it's Qu'ran, not Koran. It sounds terrible when people say that. It sounds like an American speaking french without at least trying the french accent- no I'm not french- or any other language.

Posted by Sarah Noorbakhsh on 08/10/2011 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Summer Love and Woman's Will

I saw the show twice at Live Oak Park, and it was wonderful... a splendid cast, each contributing to a clever, funny, lovely whole.

Posted by Ross Stapleton-Gray on 08/08/2011 at 12:25 AM

Re: “Summer Love and Woman's Will

This is pretty much the opposite of Noh. I will call it "Hon".

Posted by Lawngun on 08/03/2011 at 11:03 AM

Re: “The SF Mime Trope

RICHMON SPOKES IS DOING FREE BIKE VALET
When: Sunday, July 24th at 2:00 pm (music starts at 1:30)



Where: Nicholl Park, Macdonald Avenue and 33rd Street, Richmond

Posted by Richmond Spokes on 07/24/2011 at 10:16 AM

Re: “The SF Mime Trope

Dear Friends,



Please join me on Sunday, July 24th, as the SF Mime Troupe performs in Richmond for the second year in a row! This is a perfect chance to gather with community on a Sunday afternoon and experience an incredible and engaging theatrical performance at Nicholl Park.



As Robert Brustein says: "Theatergoing is a communal act, movie going a solitary one."



See you there!



My best,

Gayle





Free admission!



Bring blankets and lawn chairs.





Tony Award-winning SF Mime Troupe 52nd season

"2012 - The Musical!"



SF MIME troupe pic



A small political theater company, Theater BAM!, finds itself at a crossroads: should they keep telling the stories they feel can change the world (and starve while telling them), or feed at the corporate trough, sell out, and be the mouthpiece for The Man. Tough decision. But before having to make it, they are offered an artistic commission that may save the company; all they have to do is create a new play, "2012 - The Musical!" But is it political? Will it keep with the company's original mission? What's the true purpose of this frivolous production, and who's really bankrolling the thing?



When: Sunday, July 24th at 2:00 pm (music starts at 1:30)



Where: Nicholl Park, Macdonald Avenue and 33rd Street, Richmond


Contact Information
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Mayor's Office

450 Civic Center Plaza

Richmond, CA 94804



phone: 510.620.6503

fax: 510.412.2070

email: mayor@officeofthemayor.net



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Posted by Richmond Spokes on 07/24/2011 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Zahra Noorbakhsh and the Atheist-Muslim Connection

Obviously the first poster has NOT seen the play.
I just saw the sold-out play. Background themes include religion and generational differences -- and compromise! -- but there's nothing self-loathing or hypocritical about it.
ALL the audience loved the play.

Posted by FrankL on 07/10/2011 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Zahra Noorbakhsh and the Atheist-Muslim Connection

The person in the previous comment sounds like a racist a$$ that never even saw the play. I saw the play and it rocked! Don't let the title scare you, the play is HILARIOUS!

Posted by Mar1982 on 07/07/2011 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Zahra Noorbakhsh and the Atheist-Muslim Connection

I thought about going to this, but then remembered I had a root canal appointment. Whew! That was close. Thankfully, the root canal sounded more appealing, even after the dentist mentioned he was out of novocaine.

Seriously, if my only two choices for reading material were the Koran and Judith Butler, I'd rather gouge my eyes out.

The only thing worse than Islam is identity politics, and the only thing worse than identity politics is self-indulgent cultural minstrelsy for self-loathing white intellectual hypocrites. This "play" manages to cram all three into 60 agonizing minutes.

Ahhh, root canals, Just thinking of them makes me feel a little better.

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Posted by plink on 07/06/2011 at 11:18 PM

Re: “A Tree Grows at Ashby Stage

This just in. EBE attacked by rogue Chinese merchant sock puppets. EBE preparing nuclear response in 3-2-1...

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Re: “No Escaping This Passion Play

Saw the play May 15th. It was not bad, but I do agree with the reviewer that something was lacking. In my view though it was the writing which fell short, not the acting. I've seen Eurydice by Ruhl in a Junior College Production. I think that's a better play.

Posted by Just me on 05/15/2011 at 8:04 PM

Re: “No Escaping This Passion Play

Who is this woman and what are her qualifications for writing about the theatre? It must be fun to tear apart the work of dozens of people without having to provide a single meritable reason for your opinion. If you can't respect people enough to sit through the entire thing then you have no right to judge it. Fire her and get someone credible.

Posted by TheGemini on 05/11/2011 at 11:24 AM

Re: “No Escaping This Passion Play

Rachel Swan seems a little to preoccupied with finding ways to sneak out shows. I noticed in her review of Impact Theatre's "Disassembly" she complains that there are no scene changes or blackouts. She states, "no one had the option of sneaking out."

Posted by linkage on 05/11/2011 at 10:18 AM

Re: “The Russianness of Sarah Ruhl

Do yourself a huge favor and miss seeing "Three Sisters" at the Berkeley Rep.

I saw Three Sisters a couple of weeks ago, and it was absolutely terrible! The acting is stilted and forced, direction is directionless, and the script trash. Many people walked out at intermission-I wish I had been one of them. Ruhl’s version of Chekov's play is an absolute unequivocal disappointment and a complete waste of 3 hours and $50. The only thing that was “good”, was the set (but alas, it didn’t have any lines).

One of my party of 4 (a rather talented actor herself), who experienced this unfortunate production quipped:

“Is it just me, or was it disgustingly cliche to cast a blonde, a brunette, and a redhead as sisters?”

Having just seen, “Ruined” and “Arabian Nights” there (both were fabulous!)-I and my entire party of 4 were surprised how incredibly bad this play was. Three Sisters had all the feel of a lousy high school production, without any of the amateur charm to explain its’ existence on a stage. AVOID THIS PLAY!

Shame on you Chad Jones and the Berkely Rep (by association) for perpetrating a fraud with your self indulgent excuse for a critical "review" on this very tired piece of rather dusty classical theatre. (Footnote: Senor Jones is the former theatre critic at the Oakland Tribune and the man behind a theatrical review website called "TheaterDogs".....he recently “jumped the fence” to become the new communications manager at the Berkeley Rep-so it is no surprise he "independently" gave this complete turkey-of-a-play the sort of glowing review you'd have to receive money to post! Um, this is how you spell conflict of interest Chad: J-O-N-E-S ).

Good theatre doesn't need a shill to make it go...but "Three Sisters" apparently does.

That said, this is the first review of the play I have come across that has reasonably spot on commentary-Ruhl brings nothing to this play that hasn't played out long before. The Berkeley Rep's promo material (no doubt written by Jones), promises a contemporary treatment of this classic-and as this review properly informs you...you'll be disappointed if you believe them. So don't!

What I can't believe is that The Rep bothered with this production. Additionally, I won't be believing the next write up I see coming from them (read: Mr. Chad Jones)...or from Theaterdogs (dot) net, which should be ashamed of itself for trying to hoodwink the theatre going public with its' clearly vested interest "reviews" (read: paid promo pieces).

Posted by ljtoday on 04/25/2011 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Don't Stop Believin', Beardo

With all due respect, I feel like once again, Miss Swan fails to do proper research. Mr Davaran is not merely a "YouTube sensation" but a fine actor and singer in his own right. I'm sure he earned the part like any actor, and knowing him myself, it never sounded "daring" to me at all, but damn good casting. A little research into his theatrical history would have uncovered the fact that he's no stranger to the stage.

Posted by alltheatreallthetime on 03/31/2011 at 10:39 AM

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