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When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through April 5 2016

Zipping out of his Sacramento office for the weekend, small-time accountant Frank Bigelow (Mickey O’Sullivan) gets ambushed, then becomes embroiled in a high-stakes game on the streets of San Francisco. This being an adaptation of the 1950 film noir of the same name (directed by Rudolph Maté and starring Humphrey Bogart), Strawdog Theatre smokes up the room with dry ice, lavishes black lipstick on the ladies, and admirably re-creates the movie’s hard-boiled atmosphere. With irony Cardinal Pictures impresario Leo C. Popkin couldn't have envisioned, the plot of D.O.A. revolves around a bungled piece of paperwork filed in Bigelow’s office; Cardinal Pictures later fell victim to a snafu of its own when it misfiled the copyright forms for D.O.A., allowing the film to go directly into the public domain. And that, friends, is how low-budget theater is born. This is the final show at this location for Strawdog, which is moving after 25-plus years. —Max Maller

Price: $15

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