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SF Playhouse’s ‘Ideation’ fails to be fully realized

After a year’s worth of tweaking since its rough-draft debut, “Ideation” arrived at the San Francisco Playhouse on Saturday night for a maiden performance. In almost every sense, it’s a very minimalist production. This is clear upon entering the theater, where the audience is met with a sparse set —
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Wolves (Ryan McCrary and Jeffrey Brian Adams) meet Little Red Ridinghood (Corinne Proctor) in the woods.

‘Into the Woods’ fails to enchant at SF Playhouse

For the past two summers, the folks at San Francisco Playhouse have entertained and delighted theater-goers with freshly reimagined takes on the works of Broadway composing legends Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe. This summer, they’re giving us Sondheim — and if you know anything about musical theatre, you know
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Faith and finance collide in ‘Storefront Church’

Morals, politics and capitalism go head to head in John Patrick Shanley’s “Storefront Church,” the third and final play in his acclaimed “Church and State” trilogy — a series of thought-provoking parable-plays written with the intent of exploring the complicated issues of morality in real-world situations. What began with the
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‘Reasons to Be Pretty’ finds humor in cold hearts

There are many words in the English language that can be used to describe SF Playhouse’s latest production, “Reasons to Be Pretty.” However, “pretty” may not be one of them. Edgy? Yes. Hilariously entertaining? Yes. Pretty? Not quite. Written by American playwright Neil LaBute, the play is a witty and
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SF Playhouse tips its hat to “Motherfucker”

Hats have a long history in professional theater. In Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George,” the artist Georges Seurat sings an entire three-minute ode to “Finishing the Hat.” “Look, I made a hat,” he says, “where there never was a hat.” And, in SF Playhouse’s newest production, a
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