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1695 18th St. San Francisco, CA 94107
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3 stars
We dined after the show. We saw other people bring food and drink into the show.
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The weather was Sunny with a little breeze.. I wore Capri pants, boots, and two blouses..
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12th Annual Best of PlayGround Festival
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4.5 average rating
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79 events
16 reviews
3 stars
attended May 09 2008

A very rich evening of theatre with lots of humor and depth. The performances at the Festival were much more polished than the Monday night staged readings. I enjoyed seeing each actor playing different roles. Direction was uniformly skilled.

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24 reviews
33 stars
attended May 08 2008

Great acting, well-written plays (especially the one about the hotel room)
with equity actors and brilliant directors (from the Aurora, Magic, etc.)

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15 reviews
6 stars
attended May 24 2008

Great variety of interesting, creative and well-acted plays.

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Quotes & Highlights

Opening Night (May 10) includes a post-show champagne reception with the artists.
The Monday Night PlayGround series was a success with Goldstar’s members, as were the Best of PlayGround Festivals for 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004.
“It’s not just the playwrights who get a rush from the breakneck speed of PlayGround.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“You never know, maybe you can say you saw them when.” —SF Gate


The Best of PlayGround Festival is an evening of seven short plays written by some of the Bay Area’s hottest new playwrights. Performed and directed by top local talent, the short works are given full production to deliver what the Examiner calls, “As entertaining and thought-provoking as anything on stage at The City’s major theaters these days.” PlayGround selects these seven works out of the 36 produced throughout the Monday Night PlayGround season.

The schedule:

_O Happy Dagger _by Crish Barth, directed by Tracy Ward

_ The Boy Who Did Not Listen To His Mother_ by Cass Brayton, directed by Nancy Carlin

_ Three Stories_ by Garret Jon Groenveld, directed by Lee Sankowich

_ Leo_ by Daniel Heath, directed by Jessica Heidt

_ Panopticon_ by Aaron Loeb, directed by Barbara Oliver

_ The Known World_ by Geetha Reddy, directed by Chris Smith

_ Giving Up The Ghost_ by Lauren Yee, directed by Jim Kleinmann

Ensemble: B.W. Gonzalez*, Christen Karle*, Anthony Nemirovsky*, Joseph O’Malley, Carla Pantoja, Adrian Roberts*, Ken Sonkin*

* Member, Actors’ Equity Association