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DEC 12, 2009


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'Penguins, Episode 1'

Why: Penguins is Scot Augustson's dark, shockingly funny late-night serial comedy chronicling a gangland war between priests and nuns. In advance of this spring's much-anticipated Episode 2, Annex is remounting Penguins, Episode 1: Heaven the Hard Way, directed by Bret Fetzer and featuring a uniformly sharp cast. As I wrote in my gushy original review: "Penguins comes on like a hard-boiled crime thriller, with gangster priests, gun-toting nuns, and a bottomless well of depravity." It's quite wonderful. (Annex Theatre, 1100 E Pike St, www.annextheatre.org. 11 pm, $10. Through Dec 19.)

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