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“Uncle Vanya”—A Vibrant Cage Match of Discontent, at Cutting Ball, S.F.

“Uncle Vanya”—A Vibrant Cage Match of Discontent, at Cutting Ball, S.F.

Millennial Notes Chekhov Pits City Dreamers against Country Workers by Carly Van Liere The set itself a cage, metal bars and shelves lining two parallel sides of the stage, the audience sits, divided into two, facing itself. The characters bounce off the walls and climb the structure, hands stretched wide as they palm and grasp the handle bars, reaching for an idyllic past or perhaps the future. Director Paige Rogers cleverly subtitles her production: “family baggage minus the handles.” The…

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“Cavalleria Rusticana” & “Pagliacci”—Stellar Singing and Acting from S.F. Opera

“Cavalleria Rusticana” & “Pagliacci”—Stellar Singing and Acting from S.F. Opera

Director Jose Maria Condemi’s Chivalrous Rustics & Sad Clowns Come Alive by Pamela Feinsilber It’s not often that San Francisco audiences are offered the most popular “double bill” in opera: “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni and “Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo. While these one-act operas are sometimes presented separately, they’ve been together since both composers (Leoncavallo wrote his libretto, as well) entered a new-talent competition in Rome in 1890. Now there’s a fine new production of “Cav/Pag,” in the aficionados’ shorthand,…

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“Anniversary!”—A “Deep Kiss” & A “Victory Lap,” at Word for Word, S.F.

“Anniversary!”—A “Deep Kiss” & A “Victory Lap,” at Word for Word, S.F.

Tobias Wolff & George Saunders Are Even Better Together by Pamela Feinsilber For 25 years, Word for Word, the inimitable San Francisco theater company that announces its approach to drama in its name, has been presenting marvelously entertaining productions. Here, the work begins not with a playwright’s script but with a stellar short story—conveyed, yes, word for word, through fine acting and innovative dramatization. Normally, we’ll see the work of one author, such as two stories from Olive Kittredge by…

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“What They Said About Love” Charms, Thrills, at The Marsh, S.F.

“What They Said About Love” Charms, Thrills, at The Marsh, S.F.

Millennial Notes Steve Budd Uncovers Truths behind Love by Kelsey Severson In his fresh and exciting one-man show “What They Said About Love,” Steve Budd dives deep into what brings couples together and what drives them crazy. Steve uses genuine humor and sensitivity to reveal his own problems with compromise and commitment. Budd wittily tells the stories of five couples he interviewed. We get to know each couple intimately through his warm and captivating imitations. “What They Said About Love,” a…

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