Wednesday night we saw a dated, pointless production of David Mamet’s “Sexual Perversity in Chicago”. The play is more of a one-act, screen play outline. The play was written in the 70’s and is cynical view for four people in their twenties looking for love and sex. The homophobic and sexist jokes don’t hold up well. The laughs are as forced and cruel as racist humor. This was the second disappointing show in a row from American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Last fall, ACT presented a badly cast production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”.
The play was made into a much better movie in 1986 called “About Last Night”. It starred Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins. The movie featured several nude scenes of the very pretty Rob Lowe. The play could have used some gratuitous nudity.
Last Sunday, we took the two grade school kids to see “The Sound of Music” for the first time on the big screen. There is a local movie theatre that shows classic films in a beautifully restored theatre. There is a balcony, pipe organ with an organist that plays before and between films, an old movie poster collection on display in the lobby and a movie drape that opens and closes each film.
I don’t think I have seen “The Sound of Music” on the big screen since I was a little kid. I don’t remember Christopher Plummer (Captain von Trapp) being so handsome and dashing. The actor playing Rolfe had a wonderful sexy voice (“Sixteen Going On Seventeen”).
Tonight we are off to see Elton John’s new musical based on Anne Rice’s “Lestat”. It has received mixed reviews in the press.