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Wonderful Silliness

Eric Uhlfelder | Posted 10.31.2016 | Arts
Eric Uhlfelder

Farces were a colorful mainstay of 18th-century theatre. And "She Stoops to Conquer," by the Anglo-Irish playwright Oliver Goldsmith, which premiered in 1773 in London, is a celebrated part of the genre.

The Dingdong: Manic Feydeau Farce + Adapter's Wizardry = Brisk & Frisky Spree

John Branch | Posted 05.02.2016 | Arts
John Branch

Kelley Curran and Brad Heberlee in The Dingdong, at the Pearl (photo by Russ Rowland) Farce is all about whose pants you're trying to get into and wh...

Heir Apparent at Aurora: Low Comedy That Soars to Heights of Hilarity

Leo Stutzin | Posted 05.04.2016 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Digging for gold: Julian López-Gorillas as Geronte, plied by imposters Patrick Kelly Jones, Khalia Davis and Kenny Toll as phony nieces Photos by Da...

Monster-Builder at Aurora: Hilarity and Bizarre Twists in the World of Architecture

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.15.2016 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

One thing can be said with certainty about Aurora Theatre's production of Amy Freed's The Monster-Builder: It's hilarious. Big laughs start early and continue through to the play's bizarre climax.

Cyber-Comedy You've Got Hate Mail Celebrates Fourth Successful Year in Manhattan

Holly Cara Price | Posted 08.19.2013 | Arts
Holly Cara Price

The prolific creative team of Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore have written, produced, and starred in 23 comedic stage works since 1979, many of which...

Electoral College Shenanigans: One Possible Response

Kevin Welner | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Kevin Welner

In this past presidential election, President Obama defeated Governor Romney by a popular vote of 65.9 million to 60.9 million. In a sane world, that would be the end of the story. But the U.S. presidential election uses the Electoral College.

Enjoying the Kabuki?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We, the audience, sit here watching the last bits of The Great Fiscal Cliff Tragicomedy. In Act V, all join hands and simultaneously kick a huge can labeled "Everything Else" down the road.

Beyond Satire

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Fraad Wolff

For the next 13 months we will offer the struggling bottom 60 percent of American households most of the programs and help that have proven dramatically inadequate over the last 2 years.

They'll Take Manhattan: Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore's cyber-comedy "You've Got Hate Mail" opens lengthy run at NYC's Triad Theatre

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Holly Cara Price

Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the 1979 movie, was ground breaking for many reasons. It was, for instance, the first movie created from the popular St...

The JusticeBot 9000

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The JusticeBot 9000: You said you wanted a machine that took all the human factor out of the law, so that emotion and empathy would be forever banished from the bench.