Robert Avila

Meta-boredom

A play's 'playwright' can't keep his mind focused on the subject at hand in 'The Late Wedding'

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Bearing it all

Keith Hennessy offers a work-in-progress showing of solo 'Bear/Skin'
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DANCE Whatever else Keith Hennessy's homespun ritual Bear/Skin offered its audience last Wednesday night at the Joe Goode Annex, it brought the rain. One night's worth fell on the thirsty ground and into a record-making drought, displaying itself marvelously on the clothes and flattened hair of the last audience members to wander in as Hennessy walked about the postindustrial performance space in fuchsia track shorts prepping the show, his first solo since 2008's Bessie-winning Crotch.Read more »

TBA TBD

Daring new works at Portland, Ore.'s Time-Based Art Festival

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Family fish fry

Enda Walsh's 'New Electric Ballroom' takes its Bay Area bow

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THEATER Ireland's exceptional Enda Walsh may have gained wider attention and a bigger paycheck for his stage adaptation of indie film Once, but his real work for the stage is in more intricate little plays — far darker, funnier, and more polyphonous dramas like 1996's Disco Pigs and 2007's The Walworth Farce, the latter seen in Berkeley in 2009 when Cal Performances hosted Druid Theater of Galway's superb production.Read more »

On the fringe

SF Fringe Festival 2014 leads off with a couple of jokers

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THEATER The first show of the first night of this year's San Francisco Fringe Festival was a local story, a confessional by a man who's spent 27 years "irritating" his wife and "annoying" his children as a workaday clown. If this isn't what the Fringe is all about, it's pretty close.Read more »

No place like home

Saya Woolfalk culminates seven years of virtual civilization in 'ChimaTEK'

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THEATER Out at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, just after sunset, the darkness and the silence are real presences in themselves, not just a context for something else. They're right now pressing their respective noses against the windowpanes of the large, beautifully-worn army barrack–turned–artist studio in which Saya Woolfalk is pouring some dark red concoction from a squat glass jug.Read more »

Curtain up

FALL ARTS 2014 Ten top picks from the season's theater calendar

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FALL ARTS

The Old Woman Robert Wilson, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Willem Dafoe — None of these guys are ever to be missed, but all three together are worthy of queuing up overnight to see. There'll be camping out onstage too, as Wilson directs Baryshnikov and Dafoe (playing several characters between them) in an outrageous piece of high-art drag, based on the short story by the formidable Russian absurdist Daniil Kharms. Nov. 21–23, Zellerbach Hall, Berk; www.calperformances.orgRead more »

Final stages

Theatre Rhinoceros revives its spring production of Alan Bennett's 'The Habit of Art'

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Innocent bay stander

Join Sarah Cameron Sunde in a 'durational performance with the sea'

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THEATER Sarah Cameron Sunde will be standing in the water at Aquatic Park this Friday. She'll stand from low tide, at 9:26 that morning, through high tide at 4:09 in the afternoon, and back to low tide again at 10:31 that night. Thirteen hours and five minutes of being still, while everything around her changes.Read more »

Sm/Art car

With their prototype mobile artist's workstation, Studio 1, David Szlasa and Katrina Rodabaugh are off to the races

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THEATER Once the image of the highway-bound pioneer, the camper van has been reborn on the plains of the Wild West of arts programming, just off 51st Street in Oakland. It's been sighted here and there since May, greeted with honking and cheering by fans of the tiny house movement, idle curiosity by idling bystanders, and mild frustration by those anticipating a sidewalk taco or crème brûlée.Read more »