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    The Quiet Storm

    The current Cal Shakes production of The Tempest lays a heavy emphasis on Prospero's magic, and the director's taste in supernatural effects would embarrass Liberace. Otherwise it's a surprisingly good show. The surprise is in the acting: Comika Grif...

    by Michael Scott Moore on September 29, 1999
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    Stage Capsule

    Previously hailed as important and controversial, Mark Ravenhill's play is actually complete crap. A purported examination of power, money, sex, and addiction, the show succeeds only in humiliating its cast, who are required to scream, throw food at ...

    by Joe Mader on September 29, 1999
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    Shawn Behaving Badly - Wallace Shawn Festival

    The story goes that a little bald man who looked suspiciously like Wallace Shawn turned up an hour early for opening night of the first-ever festival treatment of Wallace Shawn's plays, at the Julia Morgan Theater in Berkeley, and said to the box-o...

    by Michael Scott Moore on September 22, 1999
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    Stage Capsule - Swimming in the Shallows

    Adam Bock's comedy of love and danger gets a dream production from the Shotgun Players and director Kent Nicholson. Carla Carla (Dawn-Elin Fraser) and Donna (Katie Bales) are considering a commitment ceremony, but Donna's got to give up smoking first...

    by Joe Mader on September 22, 1999
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    Stage Capsule - House of Lucky

    Berkeley's Impact Theater has a self- conscious mission: to do live shows "for people of our own generation, born between roughly 1961 and 1981"; the result has been a number of plays (Sweet Self, Lackaday) hobbled by self-consciousness. But House of...

    by Michael Scott Moore on September 22, 1999
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    The Mulch Effect - The Fringe Festival

    I have to confess that I've read Woyzeck more than once without completely understanding it, and going to see Wits End's production at the Fringe was no particular help. The brilliant fragments of an uncompleted play that Georg Buechner left behind a...

    by Heather Wisner on September 15, 1999
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    Pretty Good Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet by Michael Scott Moore plus Much Ado About Nothing

    The amphitheater in Berkeley's John Hinkel Park looks suspiciously like the abandoned site of a Shakespeare festival. The slope of a hill overlooking the stage has been cut into steps, which are marked with faded paint that showed audiences where to ...

    on September 8, 1999
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    Sweet Bird of Youth - Friend of My Youth plus Book of the Dead

    When Cynthia Ozick writes, in her famous book-jacket blurb, that Alice Munro is "our Chekhov," she doesn't mean Munro's work will translate easily to the stage. In fact, I think she means almost the opposite: Munro has a patient, unenergetic, deliber...

    by Michael Scott Moore on September 1, 1999
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    Pilgrim's Progress Report

    For three years, Geoffrey Chaucer & Co. has been rehearsing and presenting The Canterbury Tales almost in order, one and sometimes two at a time, in slow preparation for a summer festival next year, when the month of June at the Alcazar will be booke...

    by Michael Scott Moore on August 25, 1999
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    In Trousers

    Falsettos creator William Finn's earlier pop operetta receives an enthusiastic, if unpolished, production by director Zanne Burdick and her cast. Marvin (Nick Hoffa) chose wrongly when two roads diverged, marrying a woman and fathering a child despit...

    by Joe Mader on August 25, 1999
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    King Lear of Orinda

    King Lear Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Denis Arndt. Produced by the California Shakespeare Festival. Starring Richard Risso, Patrick Kerr, Sarah Overman, Molly Mayock, Allison Marich, and Philip Davidson. At the Bruns Memorial Amph...

    by Michael Scott Moore on August 18, 1999
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    Stage

    Solo Gig2 This one-man show by former 49ers fourth-round draft pick Scott Barry recounts his failed efforts to make a living playing football. Barry speaks in the ecstatic cadences of a spoken-word poet, accompanied by a beatnik string bass (play...

    by Joe Mader on August 18, 1999
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    Stage

    Sitting Pretty Director Greg MacKellan and 42nd Street Moon present this 1924 Jerome Kern/P.G. Wodehouse/Guy Bolton gem as a staged concert: The actors read from scripts, sing accompanied by solo piano, and sit onstage when not acting. Would that...

    by Joe Mader on August 11, 1999
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    Martian Holiday

    Christmas on Mars Written by Harry Kondoleon. Directed by Reid Davis. Produced by the Shotgun Players. Starring Beth Donohue, Patrick Dooley, Andrew Hurteau, and Marin Van Young. At La Val's Subterranean Theater, 1834 Euclid Ave., Berkeley, throu...

    by Michael Scott Moore on August 11, 1999
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    Not Dead Yet

    Marcel Marceau Presented by Jonathan Reinis and Micocci Productions. At Theater on the Square, 450 Post (between Mason and Powell), through Aug. 8. Call 433-9500. Marcel Marceau is the Bob Hope of mime: Everyone thinks he's dead. Fifteen years ...

    by Michael Scott Moore on August 4, 1999
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By Michael Scott Moore

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    Stage - Not Dead Yet By Michael Scott Moore

    Marcel Marceau is the Bob Hope of mime: Everyone thinks he&185;s dead. Fifteen years have passed since his last visit to San Francisco, and it&185;s been even longer since the most recent round of American talk shows to bring him to a living-room aud...

    on July 28, 1999
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    Stage

    Vasilisa and the Saga of Baba Yaga You know the story, even if you don't know the names: A modest girl falls into the hands of an evil stepmother and her two ugly daughters, who cackle a lot and make the girl clean the floors. Soon they get sick ...

    by Joe Mader on July 21, 1999
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    Untrue Romance

    A History of Things That Never Happened Written by Sharmon J. Hilfinger. Directed by Andrea Gordon. Presented by the Bootstrap Foundation. Starring W. Francis Walters, Amanda Diaz, Alex Moggridge, and Nancy Madden. At the Magic Theater, Fort Maso...

    by Michael Scott Moore on July 21, 1999
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    Stage

    City for Sale The Fourth of July crowd that fanned out over Dolores Park for the San Francisco Mime Troupe's opening clearly expected lefty musical satire, and with a few concessions to parity (snipes at the good guys, cutting observations from t...

    by Joe Mader on July 14, 1999
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    Move It or Lose It

    Summerfest Dance/99 Various Bay Area dance companies. At Fort Mason's Cowell Theater, Marina & Buchanan, through July 25. Call 441-3687. You gotta love Summerfest Dance. After all, dismal financial prospects -- most recently, the loss of practi...

    by Heather Wisner on July 14, 1999
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