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The Coast of Utopia

Stoppard in India

Steven Suskin | Posted 11.30.2014 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Mid-period Stoppard -- that is, the work of the acclaimed Czech-born British playwright in his fifties and early sixties -- brought forth a remarkable series of intricate, thought-provoking-but-inviting plays like Hapgood, Arcadia, The Invention of Love and The Coast of Utopia.

Undeniable Labors of Love

George Heymont | Posted 08.27.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Politicians, warriors and self-important fools frequently fail to learn anything from the past. But for creative types, the past offers a wondrous portal which invites them to explore science and history (as well as the history of comparative religion, costume design, distant cultures and lots more).

The Fine Art of Pleasuring a Big Black Giant

George Heymont | Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Earlier this year, I attended the opening nights of two Bay area productions that could not have been more dissimilar. In each case, the audience's final response was telling.

"The Play's the Thing": Getting Butts in the Seats

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ashley Wren Collins

"I don't think revolution ever happens on big Broadway stages. So our responsibility is to create extraordinary events in small rooms that infect the rest of the culture," Anne Bogart insists.

First Nighter: Peter Stein Scores with Dostoyevsky's The Demons for 12 Hours!

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

The Demons is something to experience for anyone who loves to be immersed in theater -- this immersion offered with four 15-minute intermissions and two meal breaks.