Theater moments: Reflections on 2007

Jan 02

I’ve already offered up my Top 10 list of 2007′s best Bay Area theater (see it here). That’s all well and good, but there was way too much good stuff in 2007 to contain in a polite numbered list. What follows, in no apparent order, are some of the year’s most distinctive theater moments (mostly good, some not so much). The shows in the Top 10...

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Hairy Botter: Naked on Broadway

Sep 12

Hairy Botter: Naked on Broadway

Little Daniel Radcliffe grew up before our eyes in the Harry Potter movies. Earlier this year, he did his utmost to break away from the "boy wizard" image by starring in a London production of Peter Shaffer's Equus.

The headline grabber was that the play – about a mentally disturbed young man who injures a stable full of horses – requires its star to go starkers.

Now the news is that 18-year-old Radcliffe and the production, which also stars Richard Griffiths (Tony Award-winner for The History Boys), is coming to Broadway. In an interview with the AP's Christy Lemire, Radcliffe joked about being naked on a cold stage.

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The naked truth

Jul 09

The naked truth

What is it about actors that allows them to be naked onstage? Does that courage come from the same source that lets them be actors in the first place, a mix of confidence, capability and desperate insecurity?

Whatever it is, I admire it. I can barely do the swimsuit thing on a public beach.

I was thinking a lot about the whole nudity thing while sitting in the audience at San Francisco’s Lorraine Hansberry Theatre watching 2 Boys in a Bed on a Cold Winter’s Night, a play by James Edwin Parker that opened Sunday.

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Vegas query: Broads or Broadway?

Jun 27

REPORT FROM LAS VEGAS Calling Las Vegas the Broadway of the West is really pushing it. Sure, Mama Mia! has blossomed into a hit, and it looks like Spamalot and The Phantom of the Opera have a chance of success of long runs in the hot desert, but Chicago, Avenue Q and Hairspray didn’t live up to expectations. The lesson from those shows is that Vegas – like the...

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So many Cirques

Jun 26

REPORT FROM LAS VEGAS The celebrated Montreal-based circus re-inventors Cirque du Soleil currently has five shows in Vegas (with two more on the way — one, an Elvis-themed show, the other built around magician Criss Angel). The only Cirque show I missed this trip was Mystere, the first one (at Treasure Island), but I saw it years ago when I said I’d never...

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Review: `Take Me Out’

May 31

Baseball drama aims for more than just naked truth three stars Play ball! It’s a shame that Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out is known as “the naked baseball play.” Sure, there’s more male nudity than in all the previous Tony Award-winning best plays combined. Sure, the front rows have more than their share of gawkers. But at least...

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