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“Arcadia”—A Lively & Witty Mystery, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“Arcadia”—A Lively & Witty Mystery, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

Tom Stoppard Plants Modern Mirror in Romantic Garden by Joanna G. Harris & Barry David Horwitz Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia,” wittily directed by Patrick Dooley, pits history against fantasy, with scenes flashing back and forth between an elegant English country house in 1809 and in 1992. It’s a brilliant movie technique, transferred to the stage at Shotgun Players. In Dooley’s clever staging, people 200 years apart get to mingle and converse across time. We get to go Back to the Future–and…

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“Arcadia” Paints a Bleak, Loveless Future, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“Arcadia” Paints a Bleak, Loveless Future, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

When we can keep up with them, the characters dazzle with their wit. They recite poetry. They ponder, to nihilistic ends, Newtonian determinism, the new science of thermodynamics, and the mathematics of grouse populations, derived from centuries of records in the game book, a.k.a., Things on the Estate That Have Been Shot. They fuck, they cheat, they plan to duel. (The action stays wholly off stage.)

“Head Over Heels” Spews Dazzling Chaos, at Curran, S.F.

“Head Over Heels” Spews Dazzling Chaos, at Curran, S.F.

Magruder & Meyer Pull Out All the Stops  by Cindi Stephan I took my gender fluid teen to “Head Over Heels” because they love musical theater, and I figured I could get them hooked on the music of The Go-Go’s. I did not know that gender fluidity forms a central theme of the show, that our new pronouns (the ones our family is tripping over) receive an official welcome! My kid cried in happiness and I bounced up and down…

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