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Those cybersex maniacs are at it again: Lisa Palac -- former Future Sex editor and host of Generation Sex, the recently axed KSFO radio talk show -- has just released The Edge of the Bed: Cyborgasm 2, the followup to the groundbreaking Cyborgasm CD. The aural aphrodisiac features monologues by some respected local theater artists: Dennis Matthews, who appeared in Steven Berkoff's East and Andrew O'Hehir's Cousin Martin, does a cut called "Mardi Gras," in which those brightly colored festival beads are put to good use; Josh Kornbluth performs a steamy piece called "Inside Marcie's Bedroom," an ode to Marcie Wasserman, the subject of Josh's solo show Moisture Seekers.

Wedded Bliss
Once called "the juggling k.d. lang," Sara Felder premieres June Bride at Josie's Cabaret & Juice Joint Wed, March 1. The longtime member of the local theater community calls her play a "one-woman show about a traditional Jewish lesbian wedding" -- which features juggling, a straitjacket escape, sharp knives and a crystal ball. Mark your calendars for Thurs, March 9, when the performance benefits Alaskans for Marriage, an organization fighting the good fight for the rights of same-sex couples. AFM leaders Gene Dugan and Jay Brause happen to be theater folks who run Out North Theater in Anchorage. Both Pomo Afro Homos and Rhodessa Jones have performed at the space, and an incident in which the community protested a bus ad for a Pomo show illuminates the chilly cultural climate in those parts. The objectionable photo? A tight headshot of one the boys wearing sunglasses. Yikes -- hide the children.

Surprise, Surprise
The Bay Area Theater Critics Circle has announced its nominations for 1994. No surprises here: ACT's Angels in America received 11 nominations, Berkeley Rep's The Woman Warrior followed with 10 and ACT's Light Up the Sky clocked in with eight. BATCC's custom is to cite "outstanding" performances and productions rather than the "best," meaning that a whole slew of works can win in any one category. It's certainly a good-hearted tradition, but one that dilutes the award's prestige.

Season's Greetings
Berkeley Rep has beat the clock, announcing its 1995-96 season quite early in the game. It's the usual solid mix -- not too risky, but that's what makes the Rep's work so dependably good. Among the works scheduled is The Beaux' Stratagem, a Restoration comedy by George Farquhar, a destitute Irishman who died young in London; Mark Wing-Davey directs. Then comes the world premiere of Philip Kan Gotanda's Ballad of Yachiyo, in which the playwright reimagines his family's saga on the island of Kauai in the early part of this century. (It's nice to see that his artist-in-residence role at the Rep actually means something.) Lorraine Hansberry's Les Blancs, the story of a Western-educated African who gets caught up in a revolution when he returns home to bury his father, will be directed by Hal Scott, who appeared in the original 1959 production. The Parallel Season includes Tony Kushner's Slavs! and Craig Lucas' Missing Persons.

Laura Jamison

 
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