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Don't Miss This!

By Dorothy Snodgrass
Sunday February 05, 2012 - 05:16:00 PM

For the Groundhog Day faithful, recent mild weather has fostered a widespread expectation that Punxsutawney Phil would predict an early spring. He dashed the hope in seconds. But we in the Bay Area, with its moderate temperature, have no need to worry about frigid weather. And we're happy to offer several "heart-warming" activities in weeks to come. -more-

EYE FROM THE AISLE: Becky Shaw at SF Playhouse--a great excuse to cross the bridge.

By John A. McMullen II
Friday February 03, 2012 - 11:09:00 AM
Lauren English, Lee Dolson, Liz Sklar, Brian Robert Burns

It’s sort of annoying when you can’t criticize a play because it’s so good. A baker needs to bake, a critic needs to criticize. That noted, this stymied critic is regaled to remind you that, every so often, there is a reason to cross the bridge. Becky Shaw at SF Playhouse is a great excuse. -more-

Press Release: "Tax the Rich" Rally on Monday on Solano As Usual

By Harry Brill
Friday February 03, 2012 - 10:43:00 AM

Those of us who have been rallying Mondays are deeply troubled about how much inequality adversely effects our lives and the quality of life of the 99 percent generally. Bill Moyers, who has a wonderful way with words, expresses his concern: -more-

Press Release: Clara Foltz, California’s First Woman Lawyer
Lecture by Prof. Barbara Babcock

From Linda Rosen, Berkeley Historical Society
Friday February 03, 2012 - 10:39:00 AM

On Sunday, February 5, at 2 pm, at the Berkeley History Center, 1931 Center Street, Barbara Babcock, Stanford Law Professor Emerita, will discuss Clara Foltz, the ground-breaking woman lawyer and subject of her biography, Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz. Deserted by her husband and needing to support her five children, Clara Shortridge Foltz became a path breaker. With the help of her fellow woman suffragists, she fought her way into the California Bar in 1878 and became the first woman to practice law in the state. She introduced the idea that indigent criminal defendants should have state provided lawyers and that convicted criminals should have the possibility of parole. She became the first female deputy district attorney in the United States. -more-

EYE FROM THE AISLE: BODY AWARENESS at Aurora—tight, moving

By John A. McMullen II
Sunday February 05, 2012 - 05:07:00 PM
Jeri Lynn Cohen, Amy Resnick, Patrick Russell

A peculiarity of contemporary drama is that we often start out disliking all the characters. In good modern drama, as the play progresses and we live their life and struggle with their struggles, our opinion changes. -more-

EYE FROM THE AISLE: Theater Review:ARMS AND THE MAN at Center Rep—uneven but enjoyable.

By John A. McMullen II
Monday February 06, 2012 - 10:05:00 AM
Maggie Mason and Gabriel Marin

Nancy Carlin has directed an enjoyable but uneven ARMS AND THE MAN by G. B. Shaw at Center Rep in Walnut Creek. -more-

THEATER PREVIEW: Shakespeare at Stimson come-back with CABARET at Fort Mason

By John A. McMullen II
Sunday February 05, 2012 - 05:13:00 PM
Corinne Proctor as Sally Bowles

Three years ago, Shakespeare at Stimson closed. They sent a letter to their audience asking if they wanted more, and there was a resounding, “Yes!” -more-

Belle de jour Explores the Dark Side of Deneuve

By Justin DeFreitas
Monday January 30, 2012 - 10:02:00 AM
Directors Luis Buñuel directs the coachman on the proper technique for ravishing Catherine Deneuve in <i>Belle de jour</i>.

The collaborations of director Luis Buñuel and screen writer Jean-Claude Carriere examine and satirize the dark underbelly of bourgeoisie society. Their films are dark, a bit twisted and sometimes discomfiting. But Buñuel and Carriere do not judge these characters. They are presented from a certain distance; we watch them, we gain a certain understanding of them, but we are not made to either identify with them nor be repulsed by them. Buñuel and Carriere merely present them as they are and allow the audience to come to their own conclusions. -more-

AROUND AND ABOUT THEATER: Virago Stages 'A Taste of Honey'

By Ken Bullock
Tuesday January 31, 2012 - 09:54:00 PM

Virago Theatre Co—based in Alameda, and featuring a predominately East Bay cast—opens its production of Shelagh Delaney's 1959 hit comedy of asingle mother and her teenage daughter moving into a working class slum in Northern England, this weekend at the Thick House on Potrero Hill in San Francisco. -more-

Theater Review: Tom Stoppard's 'Arcadia'—Actors Ensemble of Berkeley at Live Oak Theater

By Ken Bullock
Tuesday January 31, 2012 - 09:51:00 PM
L-R Aaron Lindstrom as Valentine Coverly, Jody Christian as Hannah Jarvis, Alona Bach as Thomasina Coverly, Paul Stout as Septimus Hodge, and Rachel Ferensowicz as Chloe Coverly.

A young early 19th century girl, learning about thermodynamics, asking her tutor the meaning of "carnal embrace" ... He replies it's about hugging a side of beef ... A garden in the new "scenic" style, sublime, with a hermitage—but where's the hermit? ... And almost 200 years later, speculation, conjecture—and a costume ball—on the former inhabitants and visitors of manor and garden, which may have included Lord Byron, and their thoughts, their secret loves—maybe a fatal duel over one of those loves ...

Tom Stoppard's 'Arcadia' is on the boards at Live Oak Theater, and looks very good there, the set, props and costuming a triumph for Actors Ensemble of Berkeley. -more-