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Eddy St Theatreplex - The EXIT Theatre
Between Taylor & Mason 156 Eddy St. San Francisco, CA 94102
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4.1 / 5 Rated by 14 members
Review from Goldstar Member

Sooooo glad I went to see this! The acting was great and the storytelling was unique. "It Is What It Is" was funny/sad and compelling. That the pending death of their father affected the siblings' individual personal lives, and that they each had...continued

reviewed Apr 19 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from bwkbwk

2 very different plays, and each are very enjoyable.

The 1st play is about a serious subject, but there's lots of humor injected, as well as pathos.

The 2nd play is more fun, and more outrageous.

Both plays capture the human condition in...continued

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Review from Goldstar Member

Intelligent, heartfelt writing and poweful yet honest acting in both shows. The use of multimedia in "It Is What it Is" to enrich the storytelling was engaging and at times hilarious. And "The Watch Tower" almost makes me want to work in a...continued

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Local writers Diane Karagienakos and Christopher Barranti met in a writing group several years ago, helping each other with feedback on their work. Now the two are collaborating at the Exit Theater whit a run of two short plays sharing one stage. The two works, both directed by Kathryn Wood and presented with a short intermission, complement and contrast each other with female/male perspectives on love, death, relationships and sexting.  

It Is What It Is by Ms. Karagienakos is a multi-layered multimedia meditation on what it really means to connect in today’s hyper-connected world. Estranged siblings brought together around their father’s deathbed struggle with buried issues and simmering conflict. As their father’s condition worsens and spoken dialogue becomes explosive, the audience is given a more complete, and often hysterically funny, perspective thanks to their texts, IMs and emails.  

In a classic San Francisco bar room set piece, The Watch Tower by Mr. Barranti focuses on the passing revelations and deep insights found among a group of strangers at the bottom of a shot glass on a rainy afternoon. Emotionally starved characters experience an unexpected awakening as their facades are swept under the bar mat. Absurdly humorous, combative and revealing, this new play will be instantly familiar to local audiences.  

Run time is two hours (includes brief intermission).

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