Shaggy Duck Story

Shaggy Duck Story

It’s not every weekend I see a ballet-horror-comedy about killer ducks that “skeletonize” unsuspecting theater geeks and impregnate humans with spores that cause ducks to burst forth from their asses in a spray of blood and intestines. You might think it would be, because that sounds pretty solidly up my alley, but in fact no. Duck Lake, now playing at the Jewish Theatre under the auspices of PianoFight, bills itself as “probably the world’s first ballet-horror-comedy,” and seeing as how I can’t think of any examples to contradict that, I’ll go along with it.

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Yesterday Came Suddenly

Yesterday Came Suddenly

Scott Herman’s play Octopus’s Garden doesn’t actually have anything to do with octopi, nor gardens, nor even the Beatles. Now being given its world premiere by San Francisco’s PianoFight, the Seattle-based playwright’s first full-length play is instead a funny and bittersweet portrait of a young lesbian couple raising their eight-year-old daughter.

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