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“Mystery of Love and Sex” Queries Friend-Sex in Gay Comedy, at NCTC, S.F.

“Mystery of Love and Sex” Queries Friend-Sex in Gay Comedy, at NCTC, S.F.

Bathsheba Doran Titillates Jewish-Black Passions by Barry David Horwitz In “The Mystery of Love and Sex,” daddy’s little girl Charlotte (bouncy Linda Maria Girón) and her troubled friend Jonny (thoughtful Kenny Scott) have been dear friends ever since grammar school in their southern town. Now, they co-habit away at college—oh! no sex–not part of the deal. Charlotte would love to get it on with her best bud, but Jonny ain’t goin’ there. We begin to suspect that one or both…

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“The Birthday Party” Shocks with Political Allegory, at ACT, S.F.

“The Birthday Party” Shocks with Political Allegory, at ACT, S.F.

Harold Pinter’s ‘Common Man’ Manipulated by Mom & Mafia by Barry David Horwitz “The Birthday Party” (1958), by Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter, is a scary “comedy of menace” because we never know whether geeky Stanley is an artist, a failed pianist, a criminal on the run, or simply a sad sack. Stanley lives in a rundown seaside boarding house in England, asserting himself feebly against annoying mothering by his landlady—and worse. From the old-fashioned print wallpaper to the fried…

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