Shout to the top with Shotgun’s Girls

Jul 11

Shout to the top with Shotgun’s <i>Girls</i>

Would that Caryl Churchill's 1982 play Top Girls was something of a dated relic in its details of the horrors, tribulations, indignities and injustices suffered by women through the ages. Things may have changed in the 33 years since the play's London debut in the era of Margaret Thatcher, but they haven't changed enough. The play, now being given a sterling production by Shotgun Players feels deeper and more relevant than ever.

It's fascinating to see Top Girls in such close proximity to a much more recent Churchill play, Love and Information ...

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Twenty years on, Word for Word as brilliant as ever

Aug 19

Twenty years on, Word for Word as brilliant as ever

Here we thought Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart were giving a master class in the fine art of the theater. Turns out there's an equally good master class happening at Z Below, the climate-controlled new space (formerly Traveling Jewish Theater) underneath Z Space. That's where the geniuses (genii?) behind Word for Word are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a sharp-tongued, warmhearted show called In Friendship based on the stories of Zona Gale.

The nine women who founded the company, including artistic directors Susan Harloe and JoAnne Winter, are all performing in the show (all together for the first time, which seems hard to believe). So there's more going on here than just another show.

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Theater review: `Three on a Party’

May 25

EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 21! JoAnne Winter is Cora and Ryan Tasker is Billy in Two on a Party, a theatrical adaptation of a Tennessee Williams short story and a co-production of Word for Word and Theatre Rhinoceros. The story is one of a trilogy, alongside work by Gertrude Stein and Armistead Maupin, and part of an evening dubbed Three on a Party. Photos by Kent...

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Review: “Rock ‘n’ Roll”

Sep 18

Opened Sept. 17, 2008   Rene Augesen is Esme and Manoel Felciano is Jan in a scene set at Prague’s John Lennon wall in the American Conservatory Theater production of Rock ‘n’ Roll by Tom Stoppard. Photos by Kevin Berne   ACT gives Stoppard’s heavy `Rock’ a mighty roll«««1/2 Rock ‘n’ Roll has a beat – a...

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ACT casts `Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ partners up for `Phedre’

Aug 22

Manoel Felciano, a San Francisco native who used to work at Recycled Records on Haight Street, plays Jan, the central character in Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, an ACT production. Photo by Ashley Forrette Photography With all this buzz about, there must be a new theater season about to start. First up is news from American Conservatory Theater....

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Review: `Pericles’

Jun 01

California Shakespeare Theater production opened May 31, 2008, Bruns Amphitheater, Orinda The eight-member cast of California Shakespeare Theater’s Pericles puts on a jousting pageant on stage at the Bruns Memorial Amphitheater in Orinda. Photos by Kevin Berne Cal Shakes season opens with radiant romp«««« Rich, rewarding, adventurous Presented as a...

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