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The Gough Street Playhouse
1620 Gough St San Francisco, CA 94109
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The weather was sunny. I wore casual clothes are fine..
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62 stars
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"Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them"
35 ratings
3.5 average rating
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18 reviews
3 stars
attended Jan 18 2013

fascinating, disturbing play. Production is ok - a little frenetic and unsubtle.

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236 reviews
158 stars
attended Jan 13 2013

Spendid! Great actors, hilarious! Good sets, music pre-setting, and script brilliant and to the pt. Very topical. We laughed all the way through. The mother and father and Rev. esp. good. Durang does it again. Had fun on the way: 2...continued

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66 reviews
3 stars
attended Jan 11 2013

The characters were a little too cardboard, especially Felicity.

Good script, very cute nice theater, good direction.

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Bay Area Premiere! Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them tells the story of a young woman in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father’s hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Does her mother go to the theater frequently to seek mental escape, or is she just insane?

Add in a minister who directs porno, and a ladylike operative whose underwear just won’t stay up, and this black comedy will make us laugh all the way to the waterboarding room. This brilliant comedy is from Christopher Durang (Baby with the Bathwater, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All For You), the clown-prince of American absurdists.