Pointed Rhinoceros stampedes the Geary stage

Jun 06

Pointed <i>Rhinoceros</i> stampedes the Geary stage

There are multiple points in human history when Eugène Ionesco's Rhinoceros would make for funny/terrifying entertainment. Unfortunately, this is one of them.

In Ionesco's 1959 play, a small French village is best by giant horned pachyderms. Or, more accurately, the citizens are, one by one, turning into beasts.

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Founding Fathers sing a show tune in ACT’s spirited 1776

Sep 21

Founding Fathers sing a show tune in ACT’s spirited <i>1776</i>

American Conservatory Theater opens the new season with canny revival of the 1969 musical 1776 originally produced last year at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Fla. Tony Award-winning director Frank Galati helmed the patriotic tuner in time for the presidential election (which somehow seems a lot further behind us than just a year), and now he has brought his creative team and his leading players to San Francisco along with a cast fleshed out with some lively locals.

1776 is an unusual choice for a musical and creators Sherman Edwards (music and lyrics) and Peter Stone (book) take a rather unusual approach in that they've crafted more of a play than a musical, but the dozen or so songs somehow work to add a humanizing and emotional layer to a history lesson we think we know but was actually messy and contentious and full of ominous compromise.

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Murakami’s `quake’ rattles Berkeley Rep

Oct 18

Opened Oct. 17, 2007 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Thrust Stage Galati translates Murakami stories to the stage Three stars Stirred, not shaken We’re lucky to live in the Bay Area for many reasons, the quality and bounty of theater chief among them. When our theater companies aren’t producing interesting shows themselves, chances are...

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Galati reads Murakami

Oct 12

There’s a definite literary bent — no ice rinks or Disney TV musicals here — to director Frank Galati’s work. Two of his best-known stage adaptations began life as books: The Grapes of Wrath and Ragtime. He even got an Oscar nomination for his screenplay version of Anne Tyler’s Accidental Tourist. Now he turns his attention to...

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