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Tag Archives: rom-com romantic comedy

Not the Worst ‘Day’ Ever: ‘Groundhog Day: The Musical’ West Coast premiere at SF Playhouse

Tim Minchin amps up the darkness of the classic film in SF Playhouse’s (mostly) well-organized production.

Thursday, 5 December, 2019 · Leave a comment

Romance is Dread: ‘Elevada’ at Shotgun Players

A good cast can only do so much of this “satire” of rom-coms that supports their worst tropes.

Monday, 28 October, 2019 · Leave a comment

Torn from Memory: ‘Ripped’ World Premiere by Z Space

Rachel Bublitz returns to SF to premiere a funny, sad, humanizing tale of campus sexual assault.

Friday, 31 May, 2019 · 2 Comments

Incompatible Personality: ‘Significant Other’ at SF Playhouse

Lauren English’s light-touch direction can only do so much with this confused script about “singles rage”.

Thursday, 16 May, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jingle Shells: ‘Lobster, Actually’ by Killing My Lobster

The Lobster’s claws go after holiday rom-coms in their latest hilarious show.

Friday, 14 December, 2018 · 1 Comment

Funny and Fabulous: ‘Queering My Lobster’ by Killing My Lobster

KML’s first-ever Pride show masterfully lampoons everything from hompophobic tech bros & Gay dating sites to str8 actors being awarded for playing LGBTQ+ characters.

Sunday, 3 June, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Stupidity Principle: ‘Heisenberg’ at ACT

Science has nothing to do with this poorly-written May-December rom-com at the ACT.

Thursday, 22 March, 2018 · Leave a comment

From ‘Nam to Rom-Com: ‘Vietgone’ at the ACT

You wouldn’t think “rom-com” and “Vietnam War drama” would go together, but the ACT pulls it off well.

Friday, 9 March, 2018 · 1 Comment

Love Machine: ‘The Watson Intelligence’ at Shotgun

Though Shotgun pulls off some grand production design, Madeleine George’s script doesn’t successfully tackle the themes it ponders.

Monday, 14 August, 2017 · Leave a comment