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San Francisco Theater Festival Celebrates Its Eighth Year of Free Samples

Ericka Lutz

Usually at Yerba Buena, this year finds the San Francisco Theater Festival trundling over to Fort Mason Center, where it will boast more than one hundred shows in a dozen indoor and outdoor venues. All performances are half an hour or less, all are free, and all are indicative of what’s percolating in the local theater scene. 

Featured is the world premiere of Keith Moon Project’s Keith Moon - The Real Me. About the real Keith Moon, we presume; the rebel genius of The Who with a fondness for destroying his drums onstage. 

Other shows of note: No Nude Men’s Boys Together Clinging is a bold renovation of Walt Whitman’s homoerotic poetry. PlayGround, San Francisco’s leading playwright incubator, is doing a roundup of this year’s best theatrical brainstorms. PianoFight brings its popular Monday Night Foreplays (chick-driven sketch comedy) and Woman’s Will (chick-driven Shakespeare) puts on Pride and Joy, by Paul Rudnick - more gay antics and Jewish humor than we usually get from the bard. 

August 7. Fort Mason Center. Free. Information at sftheaterfestival.org.