By Josh Edelson
By Chris Hall
By Jonathan Curiel
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By Sherilyn Connelly
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By Rachel Swan
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Rush Limbaugh in Night School. Charlie Varon has revived and revamped his hilarious 1994 solo tour de force, a satire that may owe more than a little to Tom Stoppard's Travesties, about Rush Limbaugh and a cast of mostly still-relevant national figures from the left and right. When a conservative Latino radio host threatens Limbaugh's dominance in a Florida market, the potbellied pundit puts on a beard and enrolls in Spanish night classes (at the New School), where he falls in love with a fugitive ex-member of the Weather Underground. For obscure reasons Limbaugh also tries to play Othello in blackface, in a star-studded production featuring Garrison Keillor, directed by Spalding Gray. Things go predictably to hell. Varon's in full command of his characters; the voices are sharp, if not perfect; and his timing is hard to beat. But he and Limbaugh are both visibly older. Varon's point in 1994 was that Limbaugh had upended the whole idea of satire -- he'd turned a traditional weapon of the underprivileged into a tool of power, and the last 10 years have only shown how potent that strategy can be. Limbaugh was pretty much on his own in 1994; lately his talk-radio spawn have probably helped a) elect a new governor in California, and b) re-elect a president. Depressing. Through May 29 at the Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd Street), S.F. Tickets are $15-22; call 826-5750 or visit www.themarsh.org. (Michael Scott Moore) Reviewed Dec. 15, 2004.
Adventures of a Substitute Teacher Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (at Taylor), 673-3847.
Are We Almost There? Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.
BATS Improv Long-Form Festival Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason, Bldg. B (Marina & Buchanan), 474-8935.
BATS: Sunday Players Fort Mason, Bldg. B (Marina & Buchanan), for more information call 474-6776.
Beach Blanket Babylon Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222.
"The Best of PlayGround 9" Zeum Theater, 221 Fourth St. (at Howard), 704-3177.
Beyond Therapy Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.
Big City Improv Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 433-3040.
Cherry Docs 285-8282, www.atjt.com.
Comedy Improv at Your Disposal Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 510-595-5597.
Crimes of the Heart Actors Theatre San Francisco, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 296-9179.
The Dharma of Dollars The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.
GayProv Off-Market Studio, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 896-6477.
A Handful of Dust Xenodrome, 1320 Potrero (at 25th St.), 285-9366.
Hannah and Martin San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio (at South Third St.), San Jose, 408-367-7255.
Hansel and Gretel: Choose Your Own Ending Young Performers Theater, Fort Mason, Bldg. C (Marina & Buchanan), 346-5550.
Here Lies Jenny Post Street Theatre, 450 Post (at Mason), 771-6900.
Hothouse Magic Theatre, Fort Mason, Bldg. D (Marina & Buchanan), 441-8822.
I Am My Own Wife Curran Theatre, 445 Geary (between Taylor and Mason), 551-2000.
Impact Briefs 7: The How-To Show La Val's Subterranean Theater, 1834 Euclid (at Hearst), Berkeley, 510-464-4468.
Improv Revolution Off-Market Theater, 965 Mission (at Fifth St.), 896-6477.
Love, Chaos & Dinner Pier 29, Embarcadero (at Battery), 273-1620.
Macbeth Exit Theatre on Taylor, 277 Taylor (at Ellis), 419-3584.
Menopause the Musical Theatre 39 at Pier 39, 2 Beach (Beach & Embarcadero), 433-3939.
Monday Night Improv Jam Climate Theater, 285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), 364-1411.
Monday Night Marsh The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.
A Moon for the Misbegotten Geary Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228.
Moonlight Last Planet Theatre, 351 Turk (at Hyde), 440-3505.
Othello Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (at South Van Ness), 552-4100.
Ragtime the Musical Randall Museum Theater, 199 Museum (at Roosevelt), 554-9523.
San Francisco Improv Festival The Next Stage, 1620 Gough (at Bush) (Trinity Episcopal Church), 863-1076.
San Francisco Treasures Series The Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd St.), 826-5750.
Spit/Kiss Jon Sims Center for the Arts, 1519 Mission (at 11th St.), 554-0402.
StarCrossed Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason (at Geary) (Suite 601), 820-1565.
"Throckmorton Stories" 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton (at Madrona), Mill Valley, 383-9600.
"Twilight Zone: The Plays" Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987.
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