Theater

On the fringe

SF Fringe Festival 2014 leads off with a couple of jokers

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THEATER The first show of the first night of this year's San Francisco Fringe Festival was a local story, a confessional by a man who's spent 27 years "irritating" his wife and "annoying" his children as a workaday clown. If this isn't what the Fringe is all about, it's pretty close.Read more »

No place like home

Saya Woolfalk culminates seven years of virtual civilization in 'ChimaTEK'

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THEATER Out at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, just after sunset, the darkness and the silence are real presences in themselves, not just a context for something else. They're right now pressing their respective noses against the windowpanes of the large, beautifully-worn army barrack–turned–artist studio in which Saya Woolfalk is pouring some dark red concoction from a squat glass jug.Read more »

The sound of America

Hits and history mix in 'Motown the Musical'

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THEATER As recently as last month, Berry Gordy Jr., the 84-year-old music mogul, founder, and creator of Motown Records, was hailed as an American icon and an African American hero. Those were Congresswoman Barbara Lee's words Aug. 18 when it was declared "Berry Gordy Day in the East Bay."Read more »

Curtain up

FALL ARTS 2014 Ten top picks from the season's theater calendar

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FALL ARTS

The Old Woman Robert Wilson, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Willem Dafoe — None of these guys are ever to be missed, but all three together are worthy of queuing up overnight to see. There'll be camping out onstage too, as Wilson directs Baryshnikov and Dafoe (playing several characters between them) in an outrageous piece of high-art drag, based on the short story by the formidable Russian absurdist Daniil Kharms. Nov. 21–23, Zellerbach Hall, Berk; www.calperformances.orgRead more »

Final stages

Theatre Rhinoceros revives its spring production of Alan Bennett's 'The Habit of Art'

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Innocent bay stander

Join Sarah Cameron Sunde in a 'durational performance with the sea'

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THEATER Sarah Cameron Sunde will be standing in the water at Aquatic Park this Friday. She'll stand from low tide, at 9:26 that morning, through high tide at 4:09 in the afternoon, and back to low tide again at 10:31 that night. Thirteen hours and five minutes of being still, while everything around her changes.Read more »

Boxing lessons

Emerging from the shadows, a new multi-sensory performance from Bay Area hip-hop veterans The Coup

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While still a child in early-'80s San Francisco, Boots Riley witnessed something he didn't quite understand but that would stick with him for the rest of his life. Walking into a theater performance at the venerable Mission District art space Project Artaud, Riley saw actors in body paint writhing around him in apparent agony on all sides. It was meant as a simulation of the AIDS epidemic, with the actors portraying the afflicted. But it didn't enlighten him much as a kid.Read more »

Sm/Art car

With their prototype mobile artist's workstation, Studio 1, David Szlasa and Katrina Rodabaugh are off to the races

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THEATER Once the image of the highway-bound pioneer, the camper van has been reborn on the plains of the Wild West of arts programming, just off 51st Street in Oakland. It's been sighted here and there since May, greeted with honking and cheering by fans of the tiny house movement, idle curiosity by idling bystanders, and mild frustration by those anticipating a sidewalk taco or crème brûlée.Read more »

Democracy wow!

STAGE: An inside take on Aaron Landsman, Mallory Catlett, and Jim Findlay's interactive 'City Council Meeting'

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THEATER From a certain angle, democracy is just one big bout of audience participation. So when playwright Aaron Landsman, director Mallory Catlett, and designer Jim Findlay started kicking around the idea of somehow staging a city council meeting, of all things, the notion that the audience itself should enact it must have come as a eureka moment.Read more »

Gorgeousness unbound

Performance takes over at the Asian Art Museum's new exhibit

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THEATER If you were milling around the Asian Art Museum last Thursday evening, you might have seen a woman tumble — ever so slowly — down the Beaux-Arts building's elegant flight of central stairs. Ringed by a crowd of onlookers and the second floor's imposing colonnade, her limber form caressed the marble steps luxuriously as she cascaded beneath the elegant arched ceiling, entirely at her own pace, leaving behind her the unraveling, impossibly long train of her white and lavender gown.Read more »