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Film, "Killer Joe": Matthew McConaughey Is a Lurid Pleasure

"Killer Joe": Matthew McConaughey Is a Lurid Pleasure

At one point in Killer Joe, a hideously funny tabloid noir set on the outskirts of Dallas County, Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) is let into the family double-wide by a relation whose face has just been pummeled into a Rorschach…
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Film, "Killer Joe": William Friedkin Tells Us What's Wrong with Hollywood

"Killer Joe": William Friedkin Tells Us What's Wrong with Hollywood

"I'll just tell you straight out, Killer Joe is the most disturbing film I've ever made," William Friedkin admits. This is really something, coming from a filmmaker who has spent much of an eclectic career testing audience limits. The Exorcist…
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Culture, Stage SF Playhouse's <i>Bug</i> gets under your skin

SF Playhouse's Bug gets under your skin

At the top of the second half of Tracy Letts' 1996 play, Bug, Peter, a troubled young man who claims to have escaped from an Army hospital, squats over a microscope, scrutinizing a sample of his blood. The squalid Oklahoma…
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Culture, Encore

Our critics weigh in on local theater

The Censor. Scottish playwright Anthony Neilson's 1997 drama The Censor has the distinction of being the second Last Planet production in a row to feature a scene in which a woman takes a shit onstage. For all that, The…
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Culture, Encore

Our critics weigh in on local theater

How We First Met. Past performances of How We First Met — in which the love life of a couple from the audience is used as a source for improvised songs and sketches — have involved a pair who met…
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