Wednesday, March 23, 2005

March theatre weekend

It was another San Francisco weekend of theatre. Friday night we saw “Miss Coco Peru is Undaunted” at New Conservatory Theatre Center. This cabaret show is an intelligent, theatrical, musical and witty drag autobiographic monologue. In other words you will laugh and cry and have a great time.

Saturday afternoon we went to A.C.T. to “The Voysey Inheritance” by Harley Granville-Barker, adapted by David Mamet. It was a very well done ensemble piece with a rich looking set. I hear Mamet cut out at least an hour out and several minor characters. It is an excellent study of morality and money and the conflict between family and honor.

Saturday evening we dressed in our tuxes and went to the Jewish Family and Children’s Services Gala Dinner. JFCS is one of the largest and oldest social service agencies in the West. It services people of all ages, faiths and ethnic backgrounds. It has worked hard to reach out to the GLBT community in providing relevant programs and soliciting support. I would guess close to ten percent of the attendees and fifty percent of the people on the dance floor were gay and lesbian. After the gala we went to the Starlight Room at the top of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel and danced for another hour and a half. We were the only obvious gay couple there.

Sunday afternoon we saw “Lilies, or the revival of a romantic drama”. It is a lyric and erotic play-within-a-play where inmates at a Quebec prison re-enact a tale of an impassioned love between two young men. The play was made into a compelling film in 1996.

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