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1995 Stories by Mari Coates

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  • Dim Bulb

    published December 27, 1995

    Gaslight, the play by Patrick Hamilton (as opposed to the movie classic starring Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman), is ACT's final production at... More >>

  • Here We Come a Carol-ing

    published December 20, 1995

    There's something especially provocative about the way Theatre of Yugen's Noh Christmas Carol merges Dickens' classic English novel with the... More >>

  • Be a Clown -- If You Must

    published December 13, 1995

    New Pickle Circus' Jump Cuts! Take Two again uses Hollywood as inspiration for a lighthearted romp through various film genres -- westerns,... More >>

  • Kiss of Death

    published December 6, 1995

    For a while during the first act of Kiss of the Spider Woman, now at the Orpheum Theater direct from its Tony Award-winning Broadway run, I... More >>

  • Mississippi Mirth

    published November 29, 1995

    History and literature are full of inspirational stories about exceptional people rising from humble origins and accomplishing heroic feats. From... More >>

  • Song of Seven

    published November 22, 1995

    There are plenty of reasons for celebrating Seven Guitars, August Wilson's latest play (directed by Lloyd Richards), now in its pre-Broadway run... More >>

  • Whose Life Is It Anyway?

    published November 15, 1995

    Philip Kan Gotanda's Ballad of Yachiyo is so full of marvelous sights, sounds, and moments, it seems to dare the audience to find something about... More >>

  • Bright Flashes

    published November 8, 1995

    There are moments of astonishing brilliance in A Line Around the Block, Marga Gomez's darkly surreal yet deeply emotional tribute to her late... More >>

  • By All Means

    published November 1, 1995

    I wonder if it's possible to separate Huey P. Newton the mythic icon from Huey P. Newton the character, as created from Newton's writing and... More >>

  • Power Stirring

    published October 25, 1995

    Early in the first scene of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia (now in its West Coast premiere in a splendid ACT production directed by Carey Perloff), a... More >>

  • Words, No Music

    published October 18, 1995

    The Era of Time, Ernesto Ravetto's latest solo offering (written in collaboration with Cheyney Ryan and performed by Ravetto), attempts an... More >>

  • Were All Connected

    published October 11, 1995

    It is now approximately 10 years since Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner gave us The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, and while it... More >>

  • Bumpy Flight

    published October 4, 1995

    Portraying an archetypal character as anything other than a cliche is no small feat. Imagine the difficulty of playing in a carnival of archetypes... More >>

  • So Much to Love

    published September 27, 1995

    One of the happier paradoxes associated with reviewing a successful production -- in this case, the California Shakespeare Festival's Much Ado... More >>

  • Beaux Ideal

    published September 20, 1995

    Pre-show publicity to the contrary, there are no heaps of rotting fruit or mounds of steaming horse manure in the Berkeley Repertory Theatre... More >>

  • Slightly Off Balance

    published September 13, 1995

    Consider the delicate balancing act required to produce nonprofit (or, for that matter, any) theater these days, and imagine that you are a... More >>

  • Welcome to The Gap

    published September 6, 1995

    Henry IV, Part One, which chronicles a period of rebellion and unrest in medieval England, is a play edgy with anticipation. It's about waiting... More >>

  • Vocal Talent

    published August 30, 1995

    The second Bay Area Afro Solo Performance Festival took up residence for one brief weekend (ending last Sunday) at the New Performance Gallery.... More >>

  • What the Future Holds

    published August 23, 1995

    August in New York. Early morning 80-degree temperatures that swiftly rise to the upper 90s. Sweltering subway platforms and inadequately... More >>

  • Sweet and Sour

    published August 16, 1995

    Sometimes formulas are a good idea. Take 42nd St. Moon, for instance: The theatrical company restricts itself to staged concert-version readings... More >>

  • Compulsive Talkers

    published August 9, 1995

    Fast, funny, intelligent, and wise, Katy Hickman's Meteor Girl (premiered last year at the Solo Mio Festival and now reprised by the Encore... More >>

  • Situation Satire

    published August 2, 1995

    For 33 summers now the Bay Area has been blessed with free performances from the innovative, irreverent, and supremely talented San Francisco Mime... More >>

  • Hard Labour

    published July 26, 1995

    Love's Labour's Lost is a whirlwind comedy of language in which Shakespeare's passion for words overwhelms his characters' romantic intrigues.... More >>

  • Running in Place

    published July 12, 1995

    It has been four years since writer/comedian Rick Reynolds burst on the local scene with Only the Truth is Funny, a one-man tour de force that... More >>

  • Shadow Plays

    published July 5, 1995

    Very little is more heartbreaking than the loss of a writer who showed every sign of growing into a major talent. Such was the case with John C.... More >>

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