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“An Entomologist’s Love Story” Magnifies Dating Wars, at S.F. Playhouse

“An Entomologist’s Love Story” Magnifies Dating Wars, at S.F. Playhouse

Millennial Notes Melissa Ross Explores Funny Female Tactics by Tyler Jeffreys “An Entomologist’s Love Story” by Melissa Ross pits the feminist woman against the traditional woman in today’s Dating Wars. As Betty, Lori Prince changes her voice from deep and raunchy to light and airy, while she lectures on the mating rituals of fireflies. Betty, the entomologist, explains how the female firefly of Species A imitates the mating signal of Species B.  When the B male flies over, she gobbles…

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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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