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Through our darkest times, ‘The Laramie Project’ offers healing and hope

Part elegy, part portrait of small-town America, “The Laramie Project,” playing at Nitery Theater tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., stitches together interviews with police officers, students, pastors and bartenders to create a detailed sketch of the rampant homophobia in our communities and the ways we bounce back from trauma.…

Theater review: “The Mammaries of Tiresias” shatters our patriarchal society

Womanhood, and every begrudging complication that comes with it, has never been portrayed in a more over-the-top, piercing, and unusual way than in “The Mammaries of Tiresias,” Women* in Theater’s latest production. The show is a truly unique experience, touching upon every corner of performance art. From dance to song to straight acting, each scene,…

Courtney Walsh gives a commanding performance as Winnie, a woman buried in dirt, in Stanford Summer Theater’s production of “Happy Days”

Associated with the “Theater of the Absurd,” Samuel Beckett’s avant-garde play “Happy Days” – the final production of Stanford Summer Theater (SST)’s 15th season — is a tragicomedy depicting the daily life of Winnie, a woman buried up to her waist in a mound of earth. Despite her harrowing position, Winnie goes about her life with remarkable optimism — even while performing mundane everyday tasks – in a performance that successfully uses humor and whimsicality to leave viewers questioning the meaning of loneliness and the purpose of one’s existence.