The Village Bike

‘The Village Bike’ crashes straight into sexist territory

Becky, a schoolteacher, is pregnant. Because of this, her husband no longer wants to have sex with her. Confined to their new, fixer-upper home in the English countryside during summer vacation, a frustrated Becky seeks to fulfill her sexual desires in other ways: with porn, masturbation, an affair with a
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Lead actor outshadowed by supporting cast in ‘Present Laughter’

Near the end of the first act of “Present Laughter,” a satin-robed middle-aged man asks his secretary and dear friend, “Have you seen me overact?” She glares at him and responds, “Frequently.” And thus, Theatre Rhinoceros’ production of Noël Coward’s comedy gets its biggest laugh of the show. At this
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Despite standout cast, Cutting Ball Theater’s ‘A Dreamplay’ misses mark

Before there was “Inception” or “Memento,” there was “A Dreamplay,” Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s 1901 surrealist drama-in-a-dream. Now at San Francisco’s Cutting Ball Theater through June 19, artistic director Rob Melrose’s plucky production tries heartily to make the nonlinear, metaphysical plot of “A Dreamplay” enjoyable for (or merely accessible to)
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BareStage’s ‘Spring Awakening’ touches upon matters of sex, academic stress

BareStage Production’s adaptation of the 2006 Broadway musical “Spring Awakening” discusses issues of teenage rebellion, suicide and sexual discovery on stage through a captivating performance. “Spring Awakening” tells the coming-of-age story of teenagers in provincial Germany. As they ask questions about sex, their oppressive parents push them further and further
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Divine comedy abounds in ‘An Act of God’

After thousands of years of absentee destruction and almighty ghosting, God has returned to Earth and taken up residence in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theater. He has arrived in the unlikely, clean-shaven, blue-sneakered form of “Will & Grace”’s Sean Hayes, the “beloved star of stage and screen” whose body he
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Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s ‘Macbeth’ looms large

Often, some of the most difficult work in live theater lies in filling the space of a stage. Acting choices, set, sound design and the way that these elements interact on stage are crucial to defining space, setting tone and interpreting theme for an audience. In staging “Macbeth,” one of
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