foolsFURY Factory Festival

Physical theater and performance The room we are milling around in is a small black box. On three walls are projected newsreel footage from World War II. Nazis march in lines, Churchill stands before an assembly, J. Robert...

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Big Love at Marin College

Brides ... Based loosely on Aeschylus’ trilogy on the Danaides, the 50 daughters of Danaus who killed their bridegrooms on their wedding night, the play Big Love, by Charles Mee, examines gender and power-based gender relationships. Full of physicality—both male and...

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Big Art Group at Yerba Buena

Sending Out a Stylish SOS The stage was filled with screens; downstage center, three cameras faced upstage into the screens. Wires, cables and the stark trees of tripods clustered downstage. From the ceiling a grid of pipes suspended projectors over the no-man’s-land between stage and audience. It was all part of the act as the New York–based Big Art Group performed its own techno Big Top at the Forum at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts this past weekend, in its most...

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Measure for Measure at UC Berkeley

Problem solving ... Measure for Measure is considered a “problem” play: that is to say, not only one that does not fall neatly into tragedy or comedy but also one in which a problem is solved. In this case, the problem of punishing human desire and the probity of mercy. It’s a play whose problems are solved indirectly, however, so that the ethics questioned are never completely addressed, and the playwright steals off like a thief down an alley, leaving us...

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Pamela Z Performs at Royce Gallery

Your fate swings from a point high above “When I was growing up, my mother often wrote long lists of questions about things that concerned her. She would then dangle a small object, such as a needle, key or trinket, on a...

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