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Modern Problems

DR. HARLON’S ONE-WAY TICKET at the Victory Gardens Studio Theater Dr. Harlon’s One-Way Ticket bills itself as a “humorous look at the pitfalls of man/woman relationships in the 1980s.” That’s a challenging task. I mean, it’s hard to thumb through the newspaper these days without stumbling across a half dozen articles about AIDS. It’s inescapable. […]

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Donna Rosebud

Not for every taste, Donna Rosebud suggests at times a throwback to 60s Underground whimsy. But local independent J.P. Somersaulter, who shot this in high-contrast black and white over five years, has some rather novel fantasy notions up his sleeve. His eponymous heroine–mayor, musician, doctor, philosopher, and mother of seven, among other accomplishments–dreams about the […]

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Lowering the Boom

To the editors: A few weeks ago a friend sent me an article from the San Francisco Chronicle on “rock music’s old glory days.” The author lamented for paragraphs on his growing up with classics like the Beatles, Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix. “The music today,” he said, “lacks the magic” of his era. For two […]

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Boom Rap

To the editors: Yes Julie Phillips (“Boomed Out,” July 31), everyone in the 60s either burned draft cards or napalmed natives. We all were either Archie Bunkers or citizens of the Woodstock nation. We all tuned in, turned on, and dropped out only after getting bored with toga parties. We were all either peace creeps […]

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Vinegar and Oil

VINEGAR AND OIL Italian American Theater Company at NAB Gallery There’s something combustibly funny about two old men feuding as if to prove they’re still alive. A surefire staple of countless vaudeville routines, feisty curmudgeons fuel the hilarity in The Sunshine Boys, I’m Not Rappaport, and the recent Play Expo entry, Nick Patricca’s Gardinia’s ‘n’ […]

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Reproductive Rights

To the editors: I was very disappointed in your cover story of the January 23 issue, “A Woman’s Choice: Jean Peterman’s Fight for Reproductive Rights.” It was very biased towards proabortion without accurately presenting another viewpoint. Any antiabortion ideas were degraded. Crisis Pregnancy Center, a well-reputed national organization, was described as a “fraud.” I would […]

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No Apologies

NO APOLOGIES City Lit Theater Company at Stage Left Theatre No Apologies is a two-part “Gay Writers Concert Reading Series.” The description may be somewhat misleading; this is not an evening of gay writers reading from their work but of actors performing short stories by gay writers. But which gay writers? What exactly is a […]