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Culture, Stage Upstaging: One Small Theater Company Rethinks the Business Model

Upstaging: One Small Theater Company Rethinks the Business Model

PianoFight's renovation and 10-year lease of the 8,000-square-foot property at 144 Taylor St. seems an extraordinary step for a small theater company to take, but founders Kevin Fink, Rob Ready, and Dan Williams explain that, from their point of view,…
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Calendar, Night&Day New Family, Old Problems

New Family, Old Problems

Scott Herman’s play Octopus’s Garden might not seem like typical PianoFight fare. It’s not sketch comedy, it’s not an interactive choose-your-own-adventure, and it does not invite audiences to throw vegetables at the actors. But for artistic director Rob Ready, this…
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Calendar, Night&Day New Family, Old Problems

New Family, Old Problems

Scott Herman’s play Octopus’s Garden might not seem like typical PianoFight fare. It’s not sketch comedy, it’s not an interactive choose-your-own-adventure, and it does not invite audiences to throw vegetables at the actors. But for artistic director Rob Ready, this…
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Calendar, Night&Day That's Forked Up

That's Forked Up

The dramatic tension in a holiday play might be palpable (will Christmas be saved?), but its outcome is usually about as predictable as that of a sports movie (slow-motion, game-winning play) or a French art film (main character dies, shot…
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Culture, Stagecap

PianoFight's skits in ShortLived better than SNL

PianoFight productions encourages audience members to brown-bag their own booze; the crew even throws a couple of Budweisers and miniature whiskey bottles into the crowd right before the lights go down. But you don't have to be drunk, or even…
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Calendar, Night&Day Room for Improvement

Room for Improvement

A comedy about suicide? Performances of Roommate Wanted benefit the S.F. Suicide Prevention Fund, so maybe Rob Ready, Dave Burke, and Dan Williams' new play isn't as tasteless as all that. Besides, it sounds cathartic to watch seven roommates duke…
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