Cal Shakes gets terrifically Tempest tossed

Nov 14

Cal Shakes gets terrifically <i>Tempest</i> tossed

On a day when terrible things were happening in the world, being immersed in William Shakespeare's The Tempest was sweet balm, especially as performed by the fine actors of California Shakespeare Theater's "All the World's a Stage" tour of the show, which, in classic traveling players mode, is being performed in senior centers, homeless shelters, federal prison, rehab centers and the like. It's hard not to agree with Caliban when he says, "Hell is empty. All the devils are here." But dark notions of revenge, which so inform the play itself, are soothed by virtue, and Prospero's exquisite speech, “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep,” is practically heartbreaking in its beauty.

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Review: `The K of D’

Oct 02

Maya Lawson plays the inhabitants of a small Ohio town in the ghost story The K of D, the one-woman show that opens the new Magic Theatre season. Photos by   Magic season opens with chilling solo show `K of D’«««   In the world of new plays, you have to kiss a lot of frogs to come up with that prince of a...

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Crowded Fire shake-up

Feb 15

Hot on the heels of their latest show (Big Death & Little Death, see below), Crowded Fire Theater Company has announced the departure of founding artistic director Rebecca Novick. Erin Gilley’s press release stated that Novick has has announced her resignation after “10 years at the helm of one of San Francisco’s most notable small theater...

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