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2009 Stories by Chris Jensen

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  • She Stoops to Comedy doesn’t quite emerge from the shadow of its source material

    published December 23, 2009

    The problem with reimagining Shakespeare is that his imagination usually stays a few steps ahead of yours. Just in the past few months, I've... More >>

  • Also Playing

    published December 16, 2009

    Jubilee. With the storm clouds of revolution apparently gathering just beyond their gates, and the doldrums of decorum weighing... More >>

  • Beautiful Thing gets better, but that still isn’t good enough

    published December 9, 2009

    Beautiful Thing isn't a gay romance so much as a two-hour tribute to the questionable wisdom of Mama Cass. The play opens with her 1969... More >>

  • Let It Snow!

    published December 9, 2009

    Improv usually works best when it puts less emphasis on concept and more on execution; an ambitious concept can be so distracting that the... More >>

  • Also Playing

    published December 9, 2009

    The Bald Soprano. In 1948, the French-Romanian playwright Eugène Ionesco set about learning English. He didn't succeed. He... More >>

  • Also Playing

    published November 25, 2009

    The Bald Soprano. In 1948, the French-Romanian playwright Eugène Ionesco set about learning English. He didn't succeed. He... More >>

  • Also Playing

    published November 18, 2009

    The Bald Soprano. In 1948, the French-Romanian playwright Eugène Ionesco set about learning English. He didn't succeed. He... More >>

  • Also Playing

    published November 11, 2009

    Shocktoberfest!! 2009: Torture Garden. If you see only one show at the Hypnodrome this fall, see Pearls over Shanghai.... More >>

  • The Bald Soprano

    published November 11, 2009

    In 1948, the French-Romanian playwright Eugène Ionesco set about learning English. He didn't succeed. He did, however, manage to write... More >>

  • Also Playing

    published November 4, 2009

    First Day of School. In Billy Aronson's raucous comedy — making its West Coast premiere at SF Playhouse — well-to-do... More >>

  • Shocktoberfest!! 2009: Torture Garden

    published October 28, 2009

    If you see only one show at the Hypnodrome this fall, see Pearls over Shanghai. Thrillpeddlers' deliriously camped-out tribute to San... More >>

  • Also Playing

    published October 28, 2009

    First Day of School. In Billy Aronson's raucous comedy — making its West Coast premiere at SF Playhouse — well-to-do... More >>

  • Also Playing

    published October 21, 2009

    The Clean House. Hot young playwright Sarah Ruhl is on a roll. Still only in her mid-30s, she has won a MacArthur Genius Award;... More >>

  • First Day of School

    published October 14, 2009

    In Billy Aronson's raucous comedy First Day of School — making its West Coast premiere at SF Playhouse — well-to-do parents... More >>

  • Also Playing

    published September 30, 2009

    tempestuous(ness) or, HIStory Is Told by the Victors. You can get on Shakespeare's case about a lot of things — say, his... More >>

  • tempestuous(ness) or, HIStory Is Told by the Victors

    published September 23, 2009

    You can get on Shakespeare's case about a lot of things — say, his being responsible for Timon of Athens. But unless you're in... More >>

  • Also Playing

    published September 23, 2009

    Too Big to Fail. Theatrically speaking, Too Big to Fail is as solid as anything you'll see in the Bay Area this summer.... More >>

  • Also Playing

    published September 16, 2009

    The Comedy of Errors. Free Shakespeare in the park. It's such a heart-warming proposition, a fine idea whose public value... More >>

  • The Prince

    published September 9, 2009

    You might wonder how Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince could possibly be adapted for the stage. Central Works shows that it can be... More >>

  • Also Playing

    published September 9, 2009

    The Farm. Shotgun Players and director Jon Tracy have radically "remixed" George Orwell's Animal Farm into a seething... More >>

  • Other Stage Standouts This Fall

    published September 2, 2009

    Beach Blanket Babylon The venerable musical revue just keeps going and going and going. Ongoing at Club Fugazi at 678... More >>

  • Stage Sage

    published September 2, 2009

    First, a familiar caveat: You can't really "preview" theater. You can talk about which directors are worth following, and you can interview... More >>

  • Also Playing

    published September 2, 2009

    The Farm. Shotgun Players and director Jon Tracy have radically "remixed" George Orwell's Animal Farm into a seething... More >>

  • Also Playing

    published August 26, 2009

    Too Big to Fail. Theatrically speaking, Too Big to Fail is as solid as anything you'll see in the Bay Area this summer.... More >>

  • Also Playing

    published August 19, 2009

    South Pathetic. In Jim David's solo show, he hilariously re-enacts his experience directing a god-awful production of Tennessee... More >>

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