Before he was the longtime, long-suffering managing director of Annex Theatre—any competent managing director is, by definition, long-suffering—Stephen McCandless was an ambulance jockey, riding around the city confronting blood, guts, people high out of their minds, and people so old and poor and sad that even Mother Teresa would've hurried by, shudder-ing, pretending she hadn't see them. Tonight, McCandless's war stories finally get told, with help from playwright Bret Fetzer and excellent actors including Ray Tagavilla. In conversation, McCandless is wryly funny and just barely optimistic. Clubfoot should be much the same. (Annex Theatre, 1100 E Pike St, www.brownpapertickets.org. 8 pm, $10.)

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