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“Anniversary!”—A “Deep Kiss” & A “Victory Lap,” at Word for Word, S.F.

“Anniversary!”—A “Deep Kiss” & A “Victory Lap,” at Word for Word, S.F.

Tobias Wolff & George Saunders Are Even Better Together by Pamela Feinsilber For 25 years, Word for Word, the inimitable San Francisco theater company that announces its approach to drama in its name, has been presenting marvelously entertaining productions. Here, the work begins not with a playwright’s script but with a stellar short story—conveyed, yes, word for word, through fine acting and innovative dramatization. Normally, we’ll see the work of one author, such as two stories from Olive Kittredge by…

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“Hooded” Tickles with Dark Humor, at Custom Made, S.F.

“Hooded” Tickles with Dark Humor, at Custom Made, S.F.

Millennial Notes Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm Goes Beyond the Pale by Michael V. Rodriguez Even before the curtain rises, Officer Borzoi (terrifying BE Rivers) authoritatively points to the word “LAUGH” in lights hanging above the Custom Made Theater’s intimate stage. Swinging a baton, he demands that we laugh when the box lights up—otherwise, he says, we’re racists! Throughout this funny and macabre play, Borzoi’s simple rule proves difficult to follow. Yet, when compared to the contradictions Black people endure every day,…

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