Mamet’s ‘Oleanna’ dares audiences to choose a side

Tense drama at EXIT Theatre examines sexual politics in academia

On June 6, Spare Stage Theatre Company held its opening night for Stephen Drewes’ revival of David Mamet’s “Oleanna” at the quaint EXIT Theatre near Union Square. Although first produced in 1992, the issues of sexual politics in academia and the ever-present power struggle between men and women found in
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Science fiction play ‘By and By’ considers ethical problems associated with cloning

Actors each take on several roles in thrilling drama from Shotgun Players

For its latest theatrical concoction, Shotgun Players has cooked up something like no other. Premiering this past weekend at The Ashby Stage was “By and By,” a new play written by San Francisco playwright Lauren Gunderson, a science fiction thriller that explores the realistic possibilities of cloning and the ethical
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Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Craig Robinson discuss ‘This is the End’

The star-studded apocalyptic comedy marks the directorial debut for creative partners Rogen and Goldberg

In what is sure to be one of the funniest films of the year, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride all play themselves, trapped in Franco’s house and facing what appears to be the apocalypse. In an interview with The Daily Californian, writers
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‘Impressionists on the Water’ traces nautical themes in history of French art

Exhibition highlights include paintings by Monet and Renoir

The Legion of Honor’s exhibition “Impressionists on the Water,” in conjunction with America’s Cup, offers an examination of the important role boating themes played in the social and artistic contexts of late 19th century French painting. Many of the painters were themselves interested in sailing, rowing and yachting, and their
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‘This is the End’ is the best comedy you’ll see all summer

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's directorial debut feels like a final hurrah for comedy dream team

Following the extensive media hype surrounding “This is the End,” the film was in danger of being revealed as one of the biggest disappointments of the year. Instead, it turns out to be the most hilarious and enjoyable comedies of the summer — if not the whole year. What originally
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‘Dear Elizabeth’ brings to life the letters of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell

Playwright Sarah Ruhl and director Les Waters reunite for new play at the Berkeley Rep

A theatrical production that takes its entire script from a 30-year correspondence of letters between two 20th-century poets may not sound like the most appealing of plays for the audiences of today. However, Pulitzer- and Tony-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl and director Les Waters have masterfully crafted together one of the
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‘Man of Steel’ offers a deeper insight into the Superman mythology

Henry Cavill soars in latest Superman reboot, directed by Zach Snyder

It’s a bird, it’s a plane … It’s another film reboot of the classic 1930s comic book “Superman.” While Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns” failed to wow audiences back in 2006, director Zach Synder’s highly anticipated “Man of Steel” lays a solid foundation for the future of the franchise. Conceived by
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Tunesday: Good (B)eats

This week’s post is wholly inspired by the fact that Action Bronson’s newest EP Saaab Stories (best album title of the year!) which comes out today and is otherwise dedicated to my undying love for food and rap. Whether these songs are actually referencing food is beside the point —
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Documentary ‘The Sari Soldiers’ shows conflict through the eyes of women

Director Julie Bridgham discusses the process of filming and the focus on female points of view

Julie Bridgham’s 2008 documentary, “The Sari Soldiers,” showcased at the first annual Himalayan Film Festival in May of this year, is not unrealistically hopeful — nor is it wholly disillusioned to the prospect of social change. Rather, it attempts to unpack complexities of conflict by providing a fair scope of
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