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Culture, The Exhibitionist Director Susi Damilano drives SF Playhouse's production of On Clover Road

Director Susi Damilano drives SF Playhouse's production of On Clover Road

You're about to enter a world of opposing factions, false prophets and questioned beliefs — and you don't know who to trust. No, this isn't the presidential primaries. It's the rolling world premiere of Steven Dietz thriller On Clover Road,…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Head for the Future

A Head for the Future

In 1961 Kurt Vonnegut imagined a world in which the government uses technology to enforce equality among the masses. The title character of his short story Harrison Bergeron possesses immense intellectual, physical, and artistic ability but is made to wear…
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Theater Review: "Slasher" at the SF Playhouse

Apparent opening-night jitters, compounded by chronic set-change mishaps, didn't daunt the troupers in director Jon Tracy's production of Allison Moore's play. It just made everybody punchier, which seemed appropriate for the material. If only the material hadn't then let them…
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Culture, Stage S.F. Playhouse's <i>One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest</i> crams too many actors onto a small stage

S.F. Playhouse's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest crams too many actors onto a small stage

One of the most powerful aspects of live theater is its ability to make us sit through abnormal human behavior. When the recipe is right, the discomfort we feel while experiencing people behaving strangely or even psychotically onstage (like Shakespeare's…
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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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Six Degrees of Separation

It seems entirely unfair to blame a show for not being "New York" enough, as if somehow only New York held the key to good American theater. And yet what was missing from SF Playhouse's ambitious and heartfelt production of…
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Nuclear families occasionally explode, and this sparkling production of Paul Weitz's startling new play captures the moment of detonation in all its hilariously heartbreaking glory. The show opens in a suburban house with Jon, an all-American dad, drinking his morning…
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The Smell of the Kill

In a just world, this savage little comedy about suburban wives would be banned. Nicky, Debra, and Molly chat with Updike-y realism in an upscale kitchen about their marriages, careers, and near-middle-aged disappointments, while their apelike husbands howl nonsense and…
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