Great stories, theater and heart in Word for Word’s Men

Feb 03

Great stories, theater and heart in Word for Word’s <i>Men</i>

Sometimes it's too easy to forget we're a nation at war, and that's not at all a good thing to be able to say. But it's true, especially here in the Bay Area bubble, where the war seems especially far away. For that reason, among many others, Word for Word's You Know When the Men Are Gone is a powerful and important piece of theater. Not to mention a moving and beautiful one.

It's nice to see Word for Word, the extraordinary company that turns short fiction into fully staged works of theater without changing the original text, working in such a contemporary mode.

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Guest critic Leslie Ribovich reviews `Busy World’

Jun 22

As a critic at the Oakland Tribune and its sister newspapers, one of my greatest pleasures was instituting a teen theater critic internship, and it was my luck to launch the program with Leslie Ribovich, who was then a senior at Albany High School. For much of her final year in high school, she would accompany me to shows and write her own reviews, which than ran in...

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Review: `The Busy World Is Hushed’

Jun 20

Opened June 19, 2008 at the Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley   Anne Darragh (left) is an Episcopalian minister and Chad Deverman is her writing assistant in Keith Bunin’s The Busy World Is Hushed at the Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley. Photos by David Allen   Thoughts on faith, love, family make noise in Hushed««« ½ Aurora Theatre Company...

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