The Brothers Size, Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s first professional play, announces Mr. McCraney as a creative and complex thinker who challenges audiences with simple stories on classic themes whose surface glosses a wealth of meaning underneath. The Old Globe’s production leaves its audiences breathless, unsettled, and aching for more.

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ion Theatre’s Claudio Raygoza has created Julia, a world premiere version of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie. His creation contains a cup of its original author, two cups of Tennessee Williams, and a pinch of Mexican telenovelas. And, in his title character he’s given company stalwart Catalina Maynard a bitch-goddess role worthy of her considerable talents.

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  It took humanity a while to figure out war. Archeologists dig up pits full of slaughtered families. Geneticists find some tribes flourished while others vanished. But this might be mere jostling. War didn’t hit the Big Time until it found its historian. Around the 6th Century B.C., somebody wrote down the ancient oral tales,…

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