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SF Playhouse’s ‘A Behanding in Spokane’ hands over laughs

From flying body parts and attempted gasoline explosions to internal monologues regarding a young man’s strange affinity for gibbons and high school massacres, along with everything in between — “A Behanding in Spokane” is a sardonic farce sure to both enthrall and disgust. SF Playhouse’s regional premiere of “A Behanding
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American Conservatory Theater’s Samuel Beckett showcase intrigues

American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco is paying homage to modernist master Samuel Beckett. In a single bill, the A.C.T. has joined “Play,” one of Beckett’s rarely performed one-acts, with “Endgame,” Beckett’s 1957 work written in the absurdist style. “Play” is Beckett’s illustration of a love triangle, drawn using minimal
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TDPS features work of student directors

A ballerina stretched her limbs outside the Durham Studio Theater as an actor practiced his vocal exercises, both at odds with the glaring sunshine. 2 p.m. on a Friday seemed an unlikely time for a theater performance. It was a few minutes before those smoking their cigarettes heeded the suggestion
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This Week in Arts

Our lead writers bring you the latest and greatest in Bay Area arts and culture this week Film This week the Pacific Film Archive hosts four films by Michael Glawogger, an Austrian filmmaker who focuses on the plight of the working class amid an increasingly alienating global economy. Glawogger’s experimental
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This Week in Arts

Our lead critics bring you the latest and greatest in Bay Area arts and culture this week.  Film Wednesday afternoon, Pacific Film Archive hosts the last of its Film 50 series, a course taught by Marilyn Fabe which surveys a variety of films from different eras and sensibilities. This year’s
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Aurora Theatre’s ‘Anatol’ portrays playboy affectingly

Set in Vienna in the late 19th century, “Anatol” follows the romantic dalliances of the namesake protagonist, an aging Austrian playboy in constant search of female affection. The play is an episodic depiction of Anatol’s many interrelated affairs, each depicting him simultaneously deluding and distrusting himself with his women. Originally
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‘The Aliens’ at S.F. Playhouse explores bohemian youth culture

The S.F. Playhouse’s quaint 100-seat theater is the perfect setting for Annie Baker’s Obie-winning “The Aliens,” which takes place on a shabby back porch behind a coffee shop in a small town in Vermont. Confined by mismatched fence posts, two grizzly 30-somethings, KJ (Haynes Thigpen) and Jasper (Peter O’Connor), try
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This Week in Arts

Visual Art: Cal Day is approaching, and Saturday’s flurry of events will offer art lovers unexpected opportunities for special tours, exhibitions and demonstrations. These art-related events are not just for bright-eyed future Cal bears and their parents, but are also offered to the general public. At Free Speech Movement Cafe,
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This Week in Arts

Our lead critics bring you the latest and greatest in Bay Area culture for this week. Film Our very own Pacific Film Archive mixes, as it were, sound and image in the next installment of its Cine/Spin series, where Cal DJs take on films from the PFA collection. On Thursday,
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