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“Anniversary!”—A “Deep Kiss” & A “Victory Lap,” at Word for Word, S.F.

“Anniversary!”—A “Deep Kiss” & A “Victory Lap,” at Word for Word, S.F.

Tobias Wolff & George Saunders Are Even Better Together by Pamela Feinsilber For 25 years, Word for Word, the inimitable San Francisco theater company that announces its approach to drama in its name, has been presenting marvelously entertaining productions. Here, the work begins not with a playwright’s script but with a stellar short story—conveyed, yes, word for word, through fine acting and innovative dramatization. Normally, we’ll see the work of one author, such as two stories from Olive Kittredge by…

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“Straight White Men” Speaks to All, at MTC, Mill Valley

“Straight White Men” Speaks to All, at MTC, Mill Valley

Young Jean Lee Offers Empathy to the Privileged by Pamela Feinsilber By now, we expect artistic director Jasson Minadakis’ Marin Theatre Company to bring us interesting new plays by exciting new playwrights. This month, they’ve done that with a flourish, wrapping up the season with a work by Young Jean Lee, “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation,” according to the New York Times. While the title may suggest a polemic or satire, “Straight White Men” is a work…

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“Das Rheingold” Gleams at San Francisco Opera

“Das Rheingold” Gleams at San Francisco Opera

Wagner’s Epic Ring Cycle Gets a Glorious Start by Pamela Feinsilber If you were near San Francisco City Hall after dark on June 12, you saw the facade and dome illuminated in vibrant red and gold. That’s because it was opening night across the street at the opera house, where—as the fire-evoking posters proclaim—San Francisco Opera is presenting the four linked operas of Richard Wagner’s masterwork, The Ring of the Nibelung, starting with “Das Rheingold.” Each opera can be enjoyed…

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“Marjorie Prime”—Memories Come Alive, but May Not Be True, at MTC

“Marjorie Prime”—Memories Come Alive, but May Not Be True, at MTC

Jordan Harrison’s Poignant Questions Take High-Tech Form by Pamela Feinsilber Jordan Harrison’s 2015 Pulitzer-finalist play “Marjorie Prime” opens with a living room conversation between Marjorie, in her ancient, tattered armchair, and Walter, on a sleek, narrow sofa. Although Marjorie is in her eighties and Walter is about 30, it’s soon apparent that they are looking back on their marriage. Walter is a Prime, a computer-generated holographic being who exists to learn and then share Marjorie’s memories with her. Since Marjorie…

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