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Wednesday, May 12 2010

Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews? A great performer can be his own worst enemy if he looks in the mirror too much, and in his newest show, Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?, Josh Kornbluth gets lost in reflection. While technically an examination of what Warhol's enigmatic "Ten Portraits of Jews" means, Kornbluth's monologue begins as a scattershot stand-up comedy routine ("Can you believe somebody paid me to do this? What's the deal?") and turns into an exercise in petty narcissism. Yes, his subject has always been himself (and his father), but what was profound in Love and Taxes is incestuous in Andy Warhol. For 90 minutes, Kornbluth can't get out of his own way: Every time he threatens to say something interesting about the world, he interrupts it to tell us more about himself. The show's final line actually concludes that whether or not Warhol was good for the Jews, he was good for Kornbluth, which really is the final word on everything for this production. Sure, it offers a few laughs and gasps — especially if you like bad puns — but this warmed-over therapy session leaves you wanting to change the subject. Through May 16 at the Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida (at Mariposa), S.F. $15-$45; 292-1233 or (Benjamin Wachs) Reviewed April 28.

Best of PlayGround 14: A Festival of New Writers and New Plays: Short plays. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 30. The Thick House, 1695 18th St. (at Arkansas), 401-8081,

Big City Improv: Actors take audience suggestions and create comedy from nothing. Fridays, 10 p.m., $15-$20, Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 882-9100,

City Solo: Solo artists in the Bay Area. Sundays. Continues through May 23. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 336-0513,

The Consumption Series: Dance theater by Charles Slender. Through May 15, 8 p.m., $20. Mama Calizo's Voice Factory, 1519 Mission (at Van Ness), 690-9410,

Eat, Pray, Laugh!: Alicia Dattner's solo show. Wednesdays. Continues through May 26. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 336-0513,

Echo's Reach: By Tim Barsky and circus performers from City Circus/Acrosports. Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 30. Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St. (at York), 641-7657,

Fishing: Presented by Open Tab Production. Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through May 29. Shotwell Studios, 3252A 19th St. (at Folsom), 920-2223,

Geezer: A comedy about growing old by Geoff Hoyle. Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 23. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750,

Hearts on Fire: Thelma Houston, El Vez, and Christine Deaver perform in Teatro ZinZanni's show. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through May 16, $117-$145. Pier 29, Embarcadero (at Battery), 273-1620.

In the Heights: Musical by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 13. Curran Theatre, 445 Geary (at Taylor), 551-2000,

Marga Gomez Is Proud and Bothered: Comedy by Marga Gomez. Starting May 13, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 26. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), 861-8972,

Monday Night Marsh: On select Mondays a different lineup of musicians, actors, performance artists, and others takes the stage at this regular event that's hosted local celebs like Josh Kornbluth and Marga Gomez in the past; see for a lineup of future shows. Mondays, $7. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750,

Monkey King: A Circus Adventure: Presented by the Clown Conservatory. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 25. Climate Theater, 285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), 263-0830,

Pearls over Shanghai: Thrillpeddlers brings back the Cockettes. Through Aug. 1, $30. The Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. (at Bryant), 377-4202,

Previously Secret Information: Producer Joe Klocek's experiment with comedians. Sun., May 16; Sun., June 13. Stage Werx, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 730-3433,

Rhino: Adapted from Eugène Ionesco's Rhinoceros. Through May 29. Boxcar Theatre, 505 Natoma (at Sixth St.), 776-1747,

San Francisco Stories: Starting May 13, Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 29. Stage Werx, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 730-3433,

Shopping! The Musical: Songs and sketches about shopping. Fridays, Saturdays, $23-$29, Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 882-9100,

ShortLived: Audience-judged playwriting competition. Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through June 26. Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 336-0513,

Slasher: A comedy by Allison Moore. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 5. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596,

Tell It Slant: Musical drama about Emily Dickinson. Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 16. Fort Mason (Laguna & Bay), 345-7500,

Throw Rotten Veggies at the Actors Nights: May 14-15, 8 p.m., $25, 917-363-9646, Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.),

Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding: Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Fridays, 7 p.m., $88.50-$115.50, Swiss Louis Restaurant at Pier 39, 2 Beach (at Embarcadero), 421-2913,

Very Warm for May: Presented by 42nd Street Moon. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 24. Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson (at Front), 788-7469,

What Mama Said About Down There: Sia Amma's comedy. Thursdays, Sundays. Continues through June 3. Our Little Theater, 287 Ellis (at Taylor), 928-4060.


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