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80 Star Starred
The Gough Street Playhouse
1620 Gough St San Francisco, CA 94109
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3.5 / 5 Rated by 35 members
Review from bikerhiker

The Durang play is very well written and fun, intriguing theatre of the absurd. In this production, the direction and acting toward the end of the play (combined with perhaps the lack of funds for scene and setting) lead to a rather weak ending...continued

reviewed Feb 02 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from garry

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

reviewed Jan 18 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Claire Risley

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

reviewed Jan 13 2013 report as inappropriate
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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. 

<em>Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin</em> Yoshi's Oakland <em>Cirque du Soleil: LUZIA</em> Oakland Athletics vs. San Francisco Giants: Preseason Baseball Steve Martin and Martin Short <em>Beach Blanket Babylon</em>