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O Glorious Cheesy Triangle!
By Clifton Lemon (Nov 9, 2006)
"Il Barbiere di Siviglia", Rossini’s best known work, is a facile and silly confection, and according to Opera America, the fifth most performed opera in North America. Like Mozart, to whom he was sometimes compared, Rossini was a prolific and lighting-quick producer of music. He wrote this opera in just thirteen days -- the zippy, spontaneous delivery is evident in the work. More
Theater
Pick a Number
By Clifton Lemon (Nov 4, 2006)
“Mentalists” have been around for centuries, and there is a rich tradition of performance in the genre, with figures like Uri Geller, The Amazing Kreskin, and Derren Brown among the prominent practitioners. Rasputin was even seen as a practitioner of mentalism, which emphasizes the ability to exert uncanny influence upon others with non-verbal cues. Marc Salem is in this camp, but true to form, prefers the term “purveyor of mental games.” More
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A Scion of Good, Old-Fashioned Decadence
By Nirmala Nataraj (Oct 20, 2006)
Chicago-based Silent Theatre Company understands the appeal of classic celluloid, which they ape to sublime ends in their piece "Lulu", an adaptation of German playwright Frank Wedekind’s 1894 Lulu cycle, comprising "Earth Spirit" and "Pandora’s Box", but bearing more of a resemblance to G.W. Pabst’s 1928 film revision starring über-vamp Louise Brooks. More
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Engagement by Alienation
By Clifton Lemon (Oct 5, 2006)
Bertolt Brecht, in devising his enduring brand of political theater, developed a signature technique -- historification: never referring directly to what he wanted to criticize, but instead using historical settings and characters in order to give the audience the intellectual distance necessary to see things clearly. In the case of "Mother Courage" it's the Nazi's role in starting World War Two in Germany that's the target (the play was written between 1939 and 1941) and the action is set during the Thirty Years War (1618 to 1648,) a war cemented in Europe's collective memory rather like the Civil War is in ours. More
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Who’s Your Dada?
By Clifton Lemon (Sep 21, 2006)
The first ten minutes of "Travesties", written by Tom Stoppard, is particularly disorienting, but in a way that turns out to make sense later (if that makes any sense). The main character, Henry Carr, an elderly, loquacious, senile English gentleman, rolls around on a stark stage in an antique wheelchair, dressed in a fez-like hat and richly embroidered robe, rambling on about his reminiscences of living in Zurich in 1917. More
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It Only Hurts the First Time
By Clifton Lemon (Aug 24, 2006)
Billed as a “send-up of 70's porn, cheerleader rivalry and high school heartbreak,” and a “silly, fun, porntastic romp,” this uneven theatrical confection has a colorful and peripatetic provenance: it’s the San Francisco premier and latest incarnation of an off-Broadway piece which started out as a 2001 New York Fringe Festival production which was a musical rendition of a 1978 blockbuster porn film that was evidently trying to break new ground by attempting to have a “real plot” and “real actors.” More
Theater
Between the Coyotes and the Crickets
By Clifton Lemon (Aug 18, 2006)
In "True West", the Chekov’s Gun device is not a loaded gun per se, but the two main characters themselves -- they’re both loaded guns. The whole time, you’re kept guessing which one will shoot first, and which will die first, because from the git-go, you know someone’s gotta die. More
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Best Viewed Up Close
By Nirmala Nataraj (Aug 10, 2006)
Sarah Kraft and Ed Purver are nothing short of modern day performance archaeologists, scavenging for inspiration in the rubble of fairy tales, games, riddles, and newsy tidbits. Their much-lauded 2002 performance, Woods for the Trees, was an incisive mash-up of commentary on war, technology, the ogre of personal and spiritual isolation, and the ever-creepy parable of Hansel and Gretel. The pair’s latest concoction, Remote, leaves behind a similar bread crumb trail of clues, questions, and eerily premonitory vignettes about the human condition in the MySpace era. More
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Get It While You Can
By Clifton Lemon (Jul 21, 2006)
Five minutes into "Love, Janis", and I’m totally like “Whoa. Dude. The 60s.” Unlike many of you out there, I was around then and still remember a lot of it, like hearing Janis on the radio every day, along with Jimmy and Aretha and Carlos Santana and Sam and Dave and the Doors and the Mamas and the Papas and a lot more, all on the same station. I can honestly say that "Love, Janis" made me remember what acid flashbacks (or at least what we thought were acid flashbacks) felt like. More
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Meat, Murder, and the Rest
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jun 30, 2006)
It’s an inarguable fact -- food and sex go hand in hand. You can’t, after all, envision a successful seduction sans the edibles, or an orgiastic Roman bacchanal without the proper libations, could you? That’s why we have so many foreign films in which scenes of voluptuous passion are paired with images of exotic feasts and savory larders, and why we have so many websites devoted to the fetish known as sploshing (if you aren’t familiar with the term, look it up) And if food and sex go hand in hand, meat is the ne plus ultra of primal urges, a truth that playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb has ingeniously captured in “Hunter Gatherers". More
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