Chalked up to Experience

28 February, 2010 Theater 1 comment
Chalked up to Experience

Director John Doyle previously came to American Conservatory Theater to kick off the national tour of his acclaimed stripped-down Broadway staging of Sweeney Todd, in which all the instruments were played by the actors. Now he’s back at ACT taking a similar tack with the core acting company and a few ACT MFA students on Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, in a new translation by local actress Domenique Lozano.

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Priceless Pearls

27 February, 2010 Theater 5 comments
Priceless Pearls

Show #23: Pearls over Shanghai, Thrillpeddlers, February 21.

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Curiosity Killed

26 February, 2010 Theater No comments
Curiosity Killed

Show #22: The Gilded, the Curiouser Group, February 21.

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Ethnical Difficulties

24 February, 2010 Theater 4 comments
Ethnical Difficulties

It’s funny that the night after I saw The Breach, in which racist imagery is offered up as an exhibit of the continuing harmful legacy of slavery, I’d see a show that’s also critiquing ethnic stereotypes, this time by gleefully reveling in their very offensiveness. Impact Theatre’s world premiere of Enrique Urueta’s Learn to Be Latina is an often screamingly funny show offering a heaping helping of “oh no he didn’t,” plus what’s no doubt the most priceless glory hole moment I’ve ever seen on stage.

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Breaching the Subject

24 February, 2010 Theater No comments
Breaching the Subject

Show #20: The Breach, Cultural Odyssey, February 19.

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Please Stand By

22 February, 2010 General No comments

All of a sudden I’m a bit behind in the writeups. I caught four shows this weekend, it’s deadline week at the magazine, and I’m just too knackered to write this evening. Please stand by — we will return to your previously scheduled blogging shortly, after this very important good night’s sleep.

Safety First

17 February, 2010 Theater 1 comment
Safety First

Safe House opens with a knife to the throat, a boy in a wheelchair threatening his mom in the woods. “Is this the end? Say yes,” he says, and although of course it’s only the beginning you can see immediately that its also the end. From there we can only go back to see how we got there.

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Don’t Assume: The Position

10 February, 2010 Theater 1 comment
Don’t Assume: The Position

Seventeenth show of 2010: The Position, PianoFight, February 7.

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The Heartland According to Hoyle

The Heartland According to Hoyle

On Saturday Dan Hoyle unveiled The Real Americans, his much-anticipated follow-up to his long-running Marsh hit Tings Dey Happen, which won the Will Glickman Award for best new play to debut in the Bay Area in 2007. Son of acclaimed local comic actor Geoff Hoyle, Dan honed his particular brand of journalistic solo theater with 2004’s Circumnavigator and 2005’s Florida 2004: The Big Bummer. But the cross-section of players large and small in the game of Nigerian oil politics that he captured with chameleonlike skill in Tings was utterly enthralling, from warlords and militants to foreign oil workers and diplomats, and it was seemingly a hard act to follow. But with The Real Americans, he’s done a heck of a job.

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