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“Avenue Q”—Well Worth the Jaunt, at NCTC, S.F.

“Avenue Q”—Well Worth the Jaunt, at NCTC, S.F.

Witty Musical Comedy Pornifies Sesame Street by Kim Waldron Songs ranging from “You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You’re Makin’ Love)”  to “Schadenfreude” to “It Sucks to Be Me”  guarantee laughter and a light heart in the now-classic “Avenue Q,” a racy version of Sesame Street. “Avenue Q” has grown into a bona fide holiday tradition— extended two weeks even before it opened. “Avenue Q” has what every tradition needs: energy and joy, plus the…

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“Black Rider”: A Magical Outing, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“Black Rider”: A Magical Outing, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

Burroughs & Waits’ Bargain with the Devil Fascinates by Kim Waldron “Adult fairy-tale musical” sounds off-kilter, but what better entertainment for off-kilter times? Imaginative writing, top caliber performances, and rhythmic storytelling guarantee an intriguing evening. Exquisite grotesque characters inhabit a hilarious, sinister world. Gorgeous devil Pegleg (Rotimi Agbabiaka) limps as he walks on one flat heel black boot and one very spiked heel red boot. Sporting sparkly black pants with red suspenders and no shirt, plus golden feathery ruffled arms,…

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“You’re Going to Die” Proves Irresistible, at Swedish American Hall, S.F.

“You’re Going to Die” Proves Irresistible, at Swedish American Hall, S.F.

Living and Making Art in the Face of Death by Kim Waldron “You’re Going To Die” might be the only place in the USA where death is regularly and easily discussed, then set to really great music. It’s one of those odd, noteworthy things San Francisco produces now and then, like Emperor Norton, the Beats, or the Cacophony Society.Stories get told, poetry read aloud, and music plays—all about death and grief. Presenters take on the issue of capital “D” Death,…

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“Signs” Point to Hip New Magic, at PianoFight, S.F.

“Signs” Point to Hip New Magic, at PianoFight, S.F.

David Gerard Conjures a Funny, Magical Evening by Kim Waldron Hip, improvisational, non-stop laughter—words not usually associated with a magician and mind reader, are they? But nothing less will do for David Gerard’s current show, “Signs,” at PianoFight in San Francisco. Dressed simply in black, the slim Gerard begins with self-deprecating banter and rope tricks. Within a minute, he charms us. His non-stop words keep us laughing as we marvel at his flawless execution of the impossible. Very soon we…

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