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'The White Snake' at Old Globe is a sprightly fable of attraction
'The White Snake' at Old Globe is a sprightly fable of attraction

SAN DIEGO — God reputedly made the world in seven days, but that seems lazy by Mary Zimmerman's standards. She needs only a few seconds and some billowing fabric to conjure the four elements of classical mythology onto a bare stage. Zimmerman won a Tony Award for her shape-shifting direction of "Metamorphoses," and her current offering, "The White Snake" — a sprightly theatricalization of an ancient Chinese fable, now at the Old Globe — gives her another opportunity to exercise her marvelous transformational artistry. The tale, which Zimmerman adapted herself, relates the story of two very learned snakes cloistered on a mountaintop for...

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