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Jack Goes Boating. It takes a while for this romantic comedy to fully draw you into its oddball world of reggae music, hookah smoking, and swimming lessons, yet from the start there is something sweet and lovely about the budding…
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Hurlyburly

A couple of finely nuanced and touching performances aren't enough to hold together this three-hour-long play about guys in Hollywood trying to make sense of the near misses and outright failures of their lives. Christian Phillips and Scott Agar Jaicks…
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The Great Puppet Musical

It's all about the puppets at Un-Scripted Theatre Company's latest improv show, a full-length musical made up on the spot from an audience suggestion, where puppets and humans alike try to make sense of the often cruel and confusing modern…
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Low Hanging Fruit

The spirit behind this story of a young man's obsession with sex is so infectiously fun and heartfelt that you wish the Drama Mamas production came together better than it does. Greg is a twentysomething San Franciscan, splitting his time…
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The Good German

Cursed with the title of a recent Steven Soderbergh/George Clooney movie that it has nothing to do with, this production is otherwise blessed with a strong cast and a heady examination of what would drive 1940s Germans to exterminate the…
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Fiction

Plays about successful, smug writers are hardly new. But playwright Steven Dietz takes the old formula and gives it a clever new twist by turning his husband-wife pair of novelists against each other. Bad news from the wife's doctor leads…
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Don't Let Go of the Potato

It's not until the last story of Todd LeJeune's solo show that his tales of growing up in the Louisiana backwaters start to lift off the ground. The first act, covering LeJeune's adventures as an 11-year-old boy, is particularly slow,…
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The Dying Gaul

Before he penned The Dying Gaul in 1995, Craig Lucas was best known as a romantic playwright with a knack for sly social commentary. Lucas took an angry, dark turn with The Dying Gaul, which depicts the destructiveness of AIDS…
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Joe Turner

There will come a time, oh yes, there will come a time, deep in the heart of the first act, when you will wonder where playwright August Wilson and director Stanley E. Williams are leading you. You will wonder why…
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The Circle

The arrival of Lady Kitty and Lord Porteous at the end of the first act breathes much-needed life into this numbingly static production of W. Somerset Maugham's 1921 chestnut on marriage and its many pitfalls. As the Lord and his…
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Rose

This sweeping journey across the life of one woman — and, through her, the life of Old World Jews — treats us to a handful of clear-eyed ideas that are both beautiful and rarely tackled on stage. What do the…
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Duck Soup

Do you like your theater emotionally resonant with subtle yet piercing social and political insights that would give Tom Stoppard pause? Then neither this show nor really anything else that graces The Dark Room's minuscule stage is right for you.…
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Forever Tango

The 12-year-old showcase of Argentinean dancing and musical bravura is showing signs of age in its third trip through San Francisco. Oh, yes, the skills of the dancers remain awe-inspiring, and the band — consisting of not one, not two,…
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The Twelve Days of Cochina

From the get-go of her latest one-woman show, comedienne Marga Gomez makes it clear that everything she has ever done, and everything she's going to do for the next hour and 45 minutes, is for sex. Not romantic, heartfelt sex…
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Strip World!

Halfway through the first act of this collection of one-acts about the inner workings of the world of strippers, I began wondering what, I bet, most of the dozen or so apparently single men in the audience were wondering: Where's…
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