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The Petrified Forest Critics' Pick Staff Pick

When: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 27 2008
Price: $18-$20

Robert E. Sherwood's 1935 play The Petrified Forest wasn't one of his three that raked in Pulitzer Prizes for the member of the literary cadre the Algonquin Round Table. It's best known for the 1936 movie version starring Leslie Howard and Bette Davis, which in turn is best known for giving Humphrey Bogart his big break as gangster Duke Mantee. But it's one of Sherwood's most popular plays, conveniently set in the single location of a diner that a killer on the lam has taken hostage. The story's sentimental heroes are a waitress with big dreams and a guy whose dreams have already turned to dust. August 22 through September 27 at Masquers Playhouse (105 Park Pl., Point Richmond).Masquers.org or 510-232-4031.


— Sam Hurwitt

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