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Bone to Pick & Diadem, The Braggart Soldier, and the Best of 2010!

Bone to Pick & Diadem, The Braggart Soldier, and the Best of 2010!

Bone to Pick & Diadem, The Braggart Soldier, and the Best of 2010!

In this issue: Bone to Pick & Diadem open to rave reviews! Rare chance to hear Plautus’s Roman Comedy The Braggart Soldier Cutting Ball makes it onto four “Best of 2010″ lists! Vote for Cutting Ball on SF Baylist Bone to Pick & Diadem open to rave reviews! Bone to Pick & Diadem opened last weekend to standing ovations and critical acclaim! Join us through February 13 for Paige Rogers’ “masterful” performance of Eugenie Chan’s “gripping” plays. Bone to Pick & Diadem By Eugenie Chan Directed by Rob Melrose Featuring Paige Rogers January 14 – February 13, 2011

“Richly metaphoric, poetic and provocative…”Diadem” is a delightful retelling of the ancient myths. Each play is highly entertaining on its own terms…Melrose stages “Diadem” with a light touch, using the subtle dissonances in Cliff Caruthers’ score to accent Ariadne’s misgivings. Rogers infuses the tale with poignant sunniness, enhanced by her own sweet songs and Laura Arrington’s choreography. The longer “Bone,” in the more desiccated setting of Heather Basarab’s hot lights, raises the mythic stakes in a contemporary context. As Rogers navigates its intertwined elements of warfare, sexual longing, meat butchering, hunger, geography and incestuous undertones, Chan’s writing chills and thrills to, yes, the bone.”
                        -Rob Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

“This is challenging, rewarding theater filled with power, humor and beauty.”
                        -Chad Jones, Theater Dogs

“Astutely guided by director Rob Melrose, Rogers is wildly inventive, giving expansive vocal and physical expression to Chan’s beautifully incantatory writing. And Michael Locher’s starkly handsome, museum-like set – sand-fringed black floor; backdrop of metallic, reflective squares – plus Heather Basarab’s moody lights and Cliff Caruthers’ unsettling underscore make for a polished production.”
                        -Jean Schiffman, SF Examiner
“Paige Rogers adeptly centers her solo performances… first as Ariadne, who grasps at love by betraying her family and country, and then as Ria, Ariadne redux, a waitress who serves eternally in a bleak, beyond-the-Thunderdome diner…Together, Chan and Rogers skillfully connect princess and waitress with a thin red string of sexual obsession and capture the Freudian essence of Ariadne’s disturbing epic romance.”
                        -Susan Cohn, San Mateo Daily Journal

“Seeing Bone to Pick and Diadem at the Cutting Ball Thursday night made me wish we could see Paige Rogers on stage more often…Her easy command of the stage, under the direction of Rob Melrose, makes for an enchanting performance.”
                        -Lily Janiak, The Split End

                        -Albert Goodwyn, Examiner.com

“I’m a big fan of Cutting Ball in the first place. They can do no wrong. Their bold program is a delight to the embodied mind.”
                        -Jim Strope, examiner.com

“An all-star Cutting Ball affair. Playwright Chan has a way with language-her lines are remarkably accessible but manage to maintain an antique linguistic air, as if they came out of another time. …Without a doubt, a wonderfully staged retelling of the Ariadne myth.”
                        – Arielle Little, The Daily Cal

Paige Rogers, Rob Melrose, and Eugenie Chan with Cutting Ball’s staff at the gala opening of Bone to Pick & Diadem.
We had great fun at the gala opening of Bone to Pick and Diadem,

Please join us for the March 18 gala opening of Lady Grey (in ever lower light) and other plays by Will Eno.
with the director and cast. The Braggart Soldier By Plautus
Directed by Evren Odcikin
January 30, 2011
A pompous soldier can’t help bragging about his exploits while his followers feign admiration (and secretly plot his downfall). The Braggart Soldier witnesses the birth of the stock character used for centuries by Commedia dell’Arte in the form of Capitano, later revived in Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Cutting Ball makes it onto four “Best of 2010″ lists! 2010 was a wonderful year for Cutting Ball! We celebrated our tenth anniversary as well as appearing on many critics’ best of 2010 lists including:
“Best of the Bay! Best Theater Company.”        
– San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay Readers’ Poll.
“Top Ten of 2010 – #4 Tempest, The Cutting Ball Theater – Director Rob Melrose imaginatively helmed Shakespeare’s play with the techno-magic of audio processing and streaming video (designed by Cliff Caruthers) on a surreal set of ladders, chrome and more (designed by Michael Locher). Actors David Sinaiko, Caitlyn Louchard and Donell Hill each skillfully fleshed out a multitude of characters with amazing flexibility. Cutting Ball Theater creates highly theatrical, innovative and challenging productions of classics and provocative new works.”                         – Tom Kelly, San Francisco Bay Times.
“Best All-Around Design: The Tempest
Best Solo Performance Behind a Large Desk: Paul Gerrior in Krapp’s Last Tape.”                        
– Robert Avila, San Francisco Bay Guardian
“Top Ten of 2010: #6 …and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi – Marcus Gardley’s poetic tale of a lynched black man resurrected as a wandering woman in search of her daughter amid the Civil War was a marvelous melange of mixed mythologies and lush and impish storytelling, leavened with some heavenly spirituals. Marcus Gardley’s new play …and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi “was a marvelous melange of mixed mythologies and lush and impish storytelling.”
                        – Sam Hurwitt, Marin IJ critic, on The Idiolect
Vote for Cutting Ball on SF Baylist Voting has just begun for the third annual SF Baylist contest!
Cutting Ball is nominated for Best Theatre Group. Cast your votes now through March 18 on the SF Baylist.
Thanks for supporting Cutting Ball!
See you at the theater!

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