Theater

Familiar but strange

Reviving Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts

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Class clowns

Back Alley Theater's Country Club Catastrophe puts a new farce on the tragically burgeoning dimensions of the class divide

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THEATER Linda Brown is a maid at the end of her tether, and tender, as the much-put-upon employee-slave of an exclusive country club. The signs are there from the moment she steps onto the stage: the circles under the young woman's eyes, her frightened stare, the desperate swigs from a ready flask, not to mention her shameless histrionic intensity as she addresses the audience about the soul-sucking richies perpetually at her back.Read more »

As the world turns

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THEATER The title of Matt Smith's solo show recalls a certain long-running television soap, but the tale it flags is nutty even by the guiding light of that genre. The Seattle-based writer-performer's All My Children, now running at the Berkeley Marsh, is the wry, offbeat first-person account of one solitary middle-aged man's shameless construction of a family by unconventional means — namely, stalking the children of his exes.Read more »

Calling the doom tune

San Francisco Mime Troupe's new show lambastes apocalypse as capitalist distraction in 2012: The Musical!

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Biting the Big Apple

Bay Area performers storm the New York Fringe Festival

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arts@sfbg.com THEATER The world's largest arts festival, the now-venerable Edinburgh Festival Fringe, got its start in 1946 as a scrappy party-crasher outside the official Edinburgh International Festival. Thanks to its inspired blend of difficult-to-categorize, anything-goes performances, the Edinburgh Fringe helped create a definitive theatrical format that has since flourished in Fringe Festivals around the world. Among other things, Fringe is a catalyst for new works, new companies, and new interpretations of how theater can be made, and experienced.Read more »

Don't go changin'

Kafka's The Metamorphosis discovers itself transformed into a play

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Return to Barbary Lane

New musical Tales of the City debuts (where else?) in San Francisco -- and nostalgia reigns supreme

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Stalled out

Campo Santo takes Denis Johnson's Nobody Move for a spin that never leaves the driveway

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THEATER Call it one step back in the middle of a big leap forward. Intersection for the Arts and resident theater company Campo Santo marks the organization's recent move to the Chronicle Building with a hobbled world premiere adaptation of Denis Johnson's latest novel, Nobody Move. The title for Johnson's fleet, cool, and witty crime noir comes from a reggae lyric: "Nobody move, nobody get hurt." A cautionary line that sounds too prescient under the circumstances, but life moves whether we like it or not.Read more »

Stein time

David Greenspan presents Gertrude Stein's Plays

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Hot house Magic

Taylor Mac's The Lily's Revenge lights up Magic Theatre with earthy flower power

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THEATER Talk about community theater. New York City drag artist Taylor Mac doesn't just bring his Obie Award–winning 2009 show to town, but a good swath of the town to the show. That includes six local directors and something like 40 local actors and musicians, with host Magic Theatre producing in collaboration with queer performance collective THEOFFCENTER and a large handful of other Bay Area players (Climate Theater, Crowded Fire, elastic future, Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project, Shotgun Players, and TheatreWorks).Read more »