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Piratical perfection reigns in ‘Pirates of Penzance’

If there were a contest for the most British play of all time, “The Pirates of Penzance” would be a strong contender for first place. It is a delightfully silly farce that is a “Slave of Duty” to Britannia — her naval traditions, her obsession with class and the richness Read More…

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Musical ‘Catch Me If You Can’ catches a lucky break

Across a backdrop of oranges and Pan Am blues, the cast of “Catch Me If You Can” spun and sang their way onto the outdoor stage at Oakland’s Woodminster Amphitheatre this weekend. Though the night was chilly and the script a bit weak, the largely upbeat cast boogied through the Read More…

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Bay Area Playwright Festival on the cutting edge of American theater

Created in 1976, the Playwrights Foundation is something of an institution. The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, which the foundation held this year from July 18 through Sunday out of the Thick House theater in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill area, received about 500 submissions this year. Only six plays, however, could Read More…

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One-woman show loses audience with story telling

Performance artist, playwright, videographer and star actress Amy Munz attempts to explore the human experience of love in her latest one-woman show “Patterns: For Some Reason, It Really Tickled Me,” playing at the Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion in San Francisco. With three screens of video playing simultaneously as Munz performs Read More…

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Mimes’ voices ripple loudly in new musical

“There’s no such thing as not political” is the rather loud mantra of the new show “Ripple Effect,” which played last weekend at Berkeley’s Cedar Rose Park. “Ripple Effect” is a production of the San Francisco Mime Troupe (mime, according to their website, in the sense that they “mimic” contemporary Read More…