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V.23 No.45 | 11/6/2014
You know it’s a bad day when your imaginary, superhero alter ego is giving you shit.

Film Review

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Michael Keaton mocks his own backstory in high-flying show biz satire

By Devin D. O’Leary
Michael Keaton mocks his own backstory in heady, high-flying show biz satire Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).
From left to right: Juliana Gorena (plays Rosita), Joel Garcia  (plays Luis), Sonya Tijerina (plays Cecilia), Michelle Perez (plays Ana), Roberto Morales (plays El Duende)
photos by Adolphe Pierre-Louis

Theater Preview

In Search of Voices for the Voiceless

By Randyn Charles Bartholomew
A child, alone, leaving a war-torn country. La Llorona as ally. Dark social elements combine with humor and magical realism to evoke a modern fairy tale in ¡Bocón!
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V.23 No.43 | 10/23/2014
Free wishes? What could go wrong?
Caroline Graham

Stage Whispers

Careful what you wish for

Lit adaptations featuring life’s delicious complexity hit the stage with The Monkey’s Paw and The Member of the Wedding.
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V.23 No.42 | 10/16/2014
Alcazar (Bryan Andrew Lambe) and Lord Edgar (Garrick Milo)
photos by Alan Mitchell

Theater Review

Gothic Rompings Charm in The Mystery of Irma Vep

By Nora Hickey
Effervescent and flagrant, The Mystery of Irma Vep draws on Wuthering Heights, Edgar Allan Poe and Rebecca—but is lewder and funnier.
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V.23 No.39 | 9/25/2014
Elphaba
Joan Marcus

Theater News

Love That Green Skin You’re In

Wicked romps across the Popejoy stage

By Lisa Barrow
Wicked brings flying monkeys and social justice back to Popejoy in a dazzling production.
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V.23 No.37 | 9/11/2014
Vortex board president Marty Epstein welcomes a full house on opening night.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Arts Feature

Art in the Black

Vortex Theatre finds new home for charming opening play

By Nora Hickey
Big changes afoot for Vortex Theatre: a new location, plus a great new play by Steve Martin.
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Welcome to the low-wage economy. L to R: Marina Sage, Margie Maes, Carolyn Hogan (seated), Colleen McClure
James Cady

Stage Whispers

Negligible wage

America’s working-class struggles take center stage in Nickel and Dimed, plus The Jammer is on its way with some violent, glorious roller derby.
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V.23 No.34 | 8/21/2014
Get in touch with your body and clean your floors!
photo courtesy of Keshet

Cuckoo for Gaga

Learn a liquid-limbed dance language at Keshet and get fired up for the 5th Latin Dance Festival this weekend.
V.23 No.33 | 8/14/2014
Big flood = the perfect time for a boat ride?
courtesy of Kevin Fedarko

Culture Shock

By Lisa Barrow

Reckless endangerment

Adventure runs high, Hamlet goes for the testosterone, and vintage baubles keep things pretty in this week’s Culture Shock.
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