Jan 12 - 18, 2006 

Culture Shock

By Steven Robert Allen

Q-Staff Workshop—The talented weirdoes of the Q-staff Company will begin hosting performance training workshops on the third Sunday of every month. The first is on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. Q-staff member Sandy Timmerman says that their "method is so different from the usual American acting method where actors walk in, they are handed a script and told where to stand ... it's hard to explain and much easier to understand by experiencing it." With that in mind, if you fork out $35, you can gain access to a presentation on the company's innovative performance philosophy to be followed by a 90-minute training session. Afterward, a light meal will be provided at Winning Coffee House. For details, call 255-2182.

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The Importance of Being Earnest   runs at the Adobe Theater through Jan. 29.
Ossy Werner

Performance Review

It's a Wilde Good Time, To be Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest at the Adobe Theater

By Amy Dalness

Oscar Wilde and wit are practically synonymous. Wilde's use of language, melodrama and satire have brought his plays much deserved attention from theater lovers of all experience levels. The Importance of Being Earnest is one of his last and best-known plays. Called a trivial comedy for serious people, it is almost more of a trivial comedy about people who take themselves too seriously—to disastrous avail.

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Book Review

The Personal is Political

By Lisa Lenard-Cook

Watercolor Women Opaque Men
Ana Castillo
(Curbstone, paper, $15)

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