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Happy returns

The Birthday Party is agelessly cruel

Pillow talk

Storytelling makes for gripping theater in Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman

Control of resources

Danny Hoyle's deft performance carries his solo show, Tings Dey Happen

James Broughton’s liberation machine

AVANT DVD "At an early age I arrived in San Francisco," James Broughton says in his 1974 cinematic self-portrait, Testament. "There I spent the...

Funny business

SF Sketchfest is a serious concern to comedy lovers

Deep water, hard rock

Gilbraltar, 12 Days of Cochina

Plays of the year

Suzan-Lori Parks's 365 Days/365 Plays project kicks off in San Francisco

Goldies Theatre winner Last Planet Theatre

Offensive. Repugnant. Sick. Few theater directors enjoy hearing these words from patrons, especially as they're bolting up the aisle ahead of the first-act curtain....

One nation under dog

Two Bush-era "America plays" connect today to the past

Static shock

Sam Shepard's The God of Hell: wake up and smell the bacon

40-year-old teens

ACT, the Magic, and Marin Theatre Company sound off about four decades

Fringe on top

Fall's wildest fest unloads a mixed bag of Tenderloin tricks and treats

The soul stirrers

See That My Grave Is Kept Clean sets PR against the spirit of Harry Smith

Keeping it hyperreal

Kraft and Purver's Remote controls mediated distance and military dominance

Close encounters

The always in-search-of Erica Shuch sends her talents into Orbit

Imagine there’s no heaven

The SF Mime Troupe's GodFellas is hella well timed

Explosive

Crowded Fire's Hands torch neoliberalism

Weill-ing away the hours

A Happy End - and a Rude Boy worth investigating

It’s a small world after all

Lengthy Babylon Heights stumbles off the Yellow Brick Road

Passion plays

Powerful writers and equally intense actors play a vital part in Campo Santo's success, 10 years on

Bitter wounds

The eloquent Devil on All Sides searches for life during wartime

Double digits

Caryl Churchill's creepy A Number loses some of its complexity at ACT

Devil times four

Campo Santo sends some noteworthy notes to Satan in Haze