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Reyhan Harmanci

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By Reyhan Harmanci (Jun 05, 2012)
It's easy to mythologize artists who die before their work reaches the widest audience; it's easier still when they, tragically misunderstood, kill themselves. In Mark Lombardi's case, though, one feels that his work is so timely, it is a cosmic conspiracy that he is not around to comment on events since the second George Bush took office. In a traveling exhibition entitled "Global Networks," five pieces of from larger collection of drawings shown in New York have arrived at Yerba Buena. More »
A Hurried, Flimsy Affair
By Reyhan Harmanci (Feb 25, 2005)
"Evita", first staged in 1980 and currently at the Curran Theater, did not age well. The orchestral swells sound like synthesizers; the breathless songs about glamour and stardom must have resonated a lot more when Madonna was actually living as a material girl, not eight years after she played "Evita" in the movie version. The flimsy staging, with a screen showing black and white stills hanging over the performers, as if reminding the audience that the actors bear an extremely superficial resemblance to the historical figures, doesn't add any weight to the affair. More »
Not Necessarily with the Quintessential Happy Ending, But Done with Heart
By Reyhan Harmanci (Dec 20, 2005)
As anyone who has seen or read "Angels in America" can tell you, Tony Kushner doesn't shy away from ugly juxtapositions, elaborate set pieces, loose ends, intersecting story lines, parallel story lines, biting humor, and moments of shattering revelation, voiced by people who speak the overwrought dialogue so effective on stage. Kushner composes complicated plays and has no problem giving the audience unhappy endings. More »
Politically Inspired (An Anthology)
By Reyhan Harmanci (Dec 01, 2004)
In compiling [i]Politically Inspired[/i], Bay Area writer Stephen Elliott faced a tough challenge: how to turn good intentions into good fiction. The anthology started with the premise that the events after the attacks of September 11 might be better understood through fiction than news reports, that our current administration's clampdown on civil liberties could be fought not just with factual reporting but through literature. More »
It's a dog eat dog world
By Reyhan Harmanci (Sep 22, 2003)
Titles, although frequently useful, rarely illuminate the content of a play. For every deeply resonant title like Long Day's Journey Into Night, there are a dozen generic Cats or The Shape of Things. Top Dog/Underdog, on the other hand, captures the spirit and action of the play perfectly. From the time when Booth (Larry Gilliard, Jr.) is joined onstage by his brother, Lincoln (Harold Perrineau), they circle each other, vying for the advantage. More »
By Reyhan Harmanci (Aug 15, 2003)
Immediately upon entering Juice Design, a graphic design company which stages occasional art exhibits "for fun", the scope of the show is clear. Think small. The high ceilings and white surfaces exaggerate the little pieces mounted, hung, pinned and stapled to the walls. The artists were given space perimeters roughly the size of a bathroom tile from which to create "keepsakes"; the limitations gave the artists room to play with the concept of an object which exists as a tool of remembrance. The lack of overt political themes, with a few exceptions, makes sense as one surveys the room... More »
By Reyhan Harmanci (Jul 15, 2003)
Humans love to look at humans, particularly the broken ones. We crane our heads at car accidents, obsessively search for vicarious thrills on reality tv, stage freak shows, buy books about "modern primitives", and, in an especially crass gaze into the void, make a whole subgenre of films devoted to capturing the moment of death. [i]The Mutter Museum[/i], founded when Dr. Thomas Dent Mutter presented his unique collection of specimens to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 1858, has long been a cult favorite for the pathologically curious... More »
Celebrating 20 Years with a show at CCAC's Logan Galleries
By Reyhan Harmanci (Feb 02, 2003)
Stepping into the weathered two-tone green bus, my attention was immediately divided. The surroundings were both foreign and familiar; stickers in both Arabic and English abounded, with lived-in details like a rabbit-foot keychain hanging out of the ignition and jangly skeleton hanging on the dashboard. It was Ken Kesey's bus, made for the Middle East. Sunlight flitted through the slats, filtered through different colored shades as one went towards the back of the bus. Time was rendered meaningless by the shades, obscuring any attempt to gauge the light outside. Instead of seats, there were cabins with carefully pasted newspaper comics, enig More »
The Hidden History of Woman Comics
By Reyhan Harmanci (Feb 02, 2003)
Comic books have always been a boys' club. From the bulging muscles of Marvel superheroes to the hyper-sexualized women of R. Crumb, the overwhelming odor of adolescent male fantasy has permeated the form. In my ignorance of the comic world, I had no idea what to expect from an exhibition of female comic artists as I entered "She Draws Comics: Great Woman Cartoonists", currently showing at the Cartoon Art Museum. My reluctance to engage with comics has had a lot to do with the feeling that I could never "get" it; comics seemed to be in a wholly different language, created for boys by boys. What, I wondered, could be in it for me? More »
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