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Lesson plan

Dark Porch Theatre explores familial foreignness in Tutor

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Muslim and proud (and hilarious)

Zahra Noorbakhsh takes on the NY International Fringe Festival, parental disapproval, and religious tradition

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THEATER Onstage, a woman and her father battle over modern sensibilities versus religious tradition. The father leads with a left jab and the mantra "in the Koran, in the Koran, in the Koran," which the daughter counters with a roundhouse punch and "third-wave feminism." Both characters are being played by Zahra Noorbakhsh, a feisty, spirited, thoroughly modern woman — and a Muslim, an important part of her identity she's not about to let anyone forget. Read more »

Getting what you want

Second annual This Is What I Want plumbs the nature of desire

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2,000 years in the waking

Poland's Teatr ZAR brings its singular songs and theater to the SF International Arts Festival 

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Outta be in pictures

Druid Theater Company holds a cleverly fractured mirror up to Ireland in its handsome production of The Cripple of Inishmaan

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Outside and inside

A burgeoning queer performance scene in the Bay Area is creating new zones

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Inside job

Beardo's take on Rasputin reaches deep, fishes around, and comes up perfectly weird 

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THEATER A man lies in the woods, his arm in a hole. A mystic? A mushroom hunter? A mad monk maybe? He's in tatters, grimy, seemingly unconscious, bearded.Read more »

Black tassels for Eddie

The burlesque community says goodbye to a great

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BURLY Q A pink bunny suit. The forbidding mustache of a Latin American militarist. A skulking spy, a washed-up punk rocker, a burly lumberjack. This was SF's burgeoning neo-burlesque scene, but Eddie Dane's outfits stayed firmly in place on stage. Shouldn't the women shuffling off their lacy purple push-ups — not this giant carnival barker! — be the ones in grabbing the spotlight with their tongue-in-cheek costumes?Read more »

Send in the clowns

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STAGE/PUPPETRY It's been more than 10 years since Brooklyn-based Kevin Augustine brought his life-sized puppets and existential worldview to the Bay Area, and during that time he's not been idle. Augustine's last full-length show, 2008's Bride, a charged exploration of theism, garnered much critical acclaim as well as an UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence in Puppetry — the profession's highest honor.Read more »

Two's a crowd?

Comical and existential, The Companion Piece explores life and love as a vaudeville act

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The Companion Piece is a charmingly inventive new work of devised theater conceived by actor Beth Wilmurt and directed by Mark Jackson for Z Space. It unfolds as a series of arch "meta" vaudevillian routines by a frustrated long-time duo (played with uncommon chemistry and comedic finesse by Wilmurt and Christopher Kuckenbaker).Read more »