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David Kleinberg


He Wants to Run

Date(s) & Time(s): Fri, Jun 9, 6:30 PM and Sun, Jun 11, 2:00 PM
Duration: 60 mins w/out intermission
Location: 2840 Mariposa St, SF, CA, 94110
Venue: Theatre of Yugen

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Early Bird: $15, Advance: $20, Door: $22

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He Wants to Run

"He Wants to Run" is David Kleinberg's story of a guy who hates running and dogs, and how he ends up running with his neighbor's dog for 13 years in Cloverdale and what Butler teaches David about living and dying. San Francisco Theater Blog critic Doug Konecky writes about “He Wants to Run.” “Expect the kind of story you can't stop thinking about afterwards . . . We love this. You will too. Seriously, this show is good enough to play in any theater in town.”

David Kleinberg

This is Kleinberg’s fourth solo theater. His last two one-man shows dealt with the Vietnam War. The first – “Hey, Hey, LBJ!” -- charted David’s duty as an army combat correspondent in Vietnam in 1966. And his last work -- “Return to the Scene of the Crime” – followed Kleinberg’s return to Vietnam for the first time in 50 years to visit where his buddies died and try to perform “LBJ” under threat of arrest from the communist government. Both Kleinberg’s Vietnam works received major runs at San Francisco’s prestigious Marsh Theatre, and several strong reviews: The Washington Post wrote, ‘Hey, Hey, LBJ!’ is as polished and moving a piece of theater as the Capital Fringe is likely to see (out of 119 shows).” And ex-Rolling Stone senior writer Mike Goldberg called ‘LBJ’: “Powerful, moving, must see.” ​ Before turning to theater, Kleinberg spent 10 years as a stand-up comedian, and appeared with five of Comedy Central Top 100 Comedians of All-Time, including Robin Williams, “Curb Your Enthusiasm’s” Richard Lewis and “Saturday Night Live’s” Dana Carvey. David also spent 34 years as an editor/writer at the San Francisco Chronicle from 1960 to 1994, the last 14 years as editor of the Sunday Datebook.

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