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The American Dream. There's a definite absurdist quality to Boxcar Theatre's production of Edward Albee's The American Dream. Artistic directors Peter Matthews and Nick Olivero originally wanted to perform it in the living-room section of an IKEA store. Instead, they…
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Fé in the Desert

Jessica Hagedorn's new play about a couple getting robbed by some soul-searching gangsters over the course of one coke-fuelled night has all the great elements of a theatrical Pulp Fiction. It's got drugs, violence, an out-of-order chronology, and even a…
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Hair

I had such an enjoyable time at the Mountain Play's current staging of Hair, high atop Mount Tamalpais, that I went twice to take in the full experience. The production features close to 40 actors, a fully tripped-out band, and…
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The Water Engine

This is a minor play by a major playwright and the reasons are obvious. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet penned this morality fable early in his career. The idea is intriguing: A naive inventor gets caught up in a menacing…
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DIVAfest Cabaret: Sassy & Seductive

This short and sweet one-hour cabaret returns as part of the larger DIVAfest and is presented in the back room of the old Original Joe's Italian Restaurant down in the Tenderloin. As the title suggests, this evening is all about…
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Galáp

Finishing up their season that started with the fringe hit 21/One — where the audience was moved around the city on a roving bus — Boxcar Theatre returns with a play inspired by Kurt Vonnegut's novel Galapagos. The complex Vonnegut…
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Hypnodrome Head Trips

It's a titillating concept to revive the Grand Guignol, the terror theater that ran for 65 years in Paris around the turn of the 20th century. Tucked away underneath the Hwy. 101 overpass in SOMA, the Hypnodrome is the perfect…
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'Bot

This new play by C. Michele Kaplan is about people trying desperately to connect in a world where technology is evolving faster than the human intellect. At least that is the starting point. The script also examines bulimia, writer's block,…
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Rust

Thank God there's a poster at intermission explaining all these bizarre characters popping out of walls, getting wheelchaired by, and calling incessantly on the phone, or else the second half of this play would be as enigmatic and confusing as…
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One-man Star Wars Trilogy

A long time ago (1991) in a galaxy far, far away (Canada), a self-professed geek named Charles Ross came up with a friggin' brilliant idea. Instead of trying to write a solo show about growing up on an isolated farm…
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Big Death & Little Death

When "Dad" walks onstage freshly returned from fighting in Desert Storm, his all-American pot-smoking son asks, "How was the war?" He answers quickly, "Sometimes you have to kill people to help them. At one point, I caught on fire." Without…
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Magnificence...

The material doesn't get any more raw or emotionally wrought than the content of Rebecca Fisher's new solo show. In 1995, Fisher lost her mother in a brutal and highly publicized murder that rocked Memphis. Four years later she lost…
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The Greek Play

The wine is plentiful and free for audience members at Elastic Future's new production, vaguely inspired by Aeschylus' "Oresteia Trilogy." Inventively set in the art gallery at Root Division (which co-produces), the play puts the crowd in the round on…
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The Rat Pack Is Back

Last year's hit, The Tribute to Frank, Sammy, Joey & Dean, is back with a new name, a new director, and a short holiday-themed run. The night of carousing, boozing, ethnic joking, and yes, singing starts with the voice of…
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It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play. Since premiering in 1996, Joe Landry's "live radio play" adaptation of the 1946 movie classic It's a Wonderful Life has become popular among theater companies around the country. But if Actors Theatre's enthusiastic…
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super: anti: reluctant

Local performance company Mugwumpin's press release proudly declares that they are interested in questioning the primacy of text and narrative in theater. With super: anti: reluctant they do that and more by chucking out any semblance of cohesive story line.…
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Big Pharma

Jennifer Berry takes exception to the fun and smiley television advertisements for antidepressants that feature women riding horses, running through grassy fields, and laughing while holding their adoring children. The first character Berry inhabits in her new solo show bashing…
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Killing My Lobster Faces the Music

Killing My Lobster has traditionally sung balls-out musical numbers to end each of its sketch comedy shows, so now these Mission District hipster poster children have decided to do an entire show of musical nonsense — and it's gleefully entertaining.…
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Supertrain

The Un-Scripted Theater Company has an enthusiastic and impressive business model: Performing together since 2002, the troupe has hit every festival, venue, and host that would have it (even the Red Cross), offers a full gamut of classes (such as…
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Big Love. If Aeschylus and Karen O. had a baby, it might look something like FoolsFury's latest production. Charles Mee's fascinating text collage steals liberally from the old Greek's play The Suppliant Women, The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon (from…
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