Saturday, February 04, 2012

SuperBowl Alternative

We are going to miss watching the Superbowl on Sunday. Instead we have a weekend of theatre to attend. In fact, we are seeing two plays on Sunday and one on Saturday.

We begin on Saturday by seeing the rarely produced one-act musical "Falsettoland" by William Finn's and James Lapine. It is being produced by the new Asian-American company called Stirfry Theatre. The one-act musical centers on Marvin, his wife, his psychiatrist, his son, and his gay lover Whizzer. The son is preparing for his bar mitzvah and Whizzer is suffering from a mysterious, life-threatening illness, which the audience recognizes is AIDS.

Sunday's double dose starts in Berkeley at Aurora Theatre. They are presenting a comedy by the NYC writer Anne Baker called "Body Awareness". San Francisco Chronicle drama critic, Robert Hurwitt gave the production a great review this morning.
The evening play is at the Marin Theatre Company. They are presenting the west coast premier of "A Steady Rain" by Keith Huff. This looks like it will be an intense show. Two Chicago policemen who inadvertently return a Vietnamese boy to a cannibalistic serial killer who claims to be the child's uncle. When he later becomes the man's latest victim, the lifelong friendship of the two men is threatened when it becomes clear someone must bear responsibility for their egregious failure to assess the situation accurately.

There is a lot of GREAT theatre going on in the SF Bay Area. Other shows you might want to catch this weekend:
'The Pitman Painters' at TheatreWorks
'Humor Abuse' at ACT
'Becky Shaw' at San Francisco Playhouse 
'Ghost Light' at Berkeley Repertory Theatre 
'Double Indemnity' at San Jose Repertory Theatre
'Story of My Life' at New Conservatory Theatre

Meanwhile, if you are a lucky person attending the SuperBowl, look for a Public Service Announcement for Facing History & Ourselves. The PSA describes the work of Facing History & Ourselves (, a global educational organization that combats racism, antisemitism and prejudice through student education and teacher training. We are members of the local Advisory Board. The more people we reach, the greater the chance of positively influencing the choices that make history.

"Face It" Facing History PSA (Short) from Facing History and Ourselves on Vimeo.
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