September 18, 2002
Arts and Entertainment
Stage listings are compiled by Cheryl Eddy. Performance times may change; call venues to confirm. Reviewers are Robert Avila, Sima Belmar, Rita Felciano, Brad Rosenstein, and Lara Shalson. See 8 Days a Week for information on how to submit items to the listings.
Body Blows New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972, www.nctcsf.org. $15-25. Previews Thurs/19-Fri/20, 8pm. Opens Sat/21, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through Sept 29. New Conservatory Theatre Center's Twist and Shout Festival presents Tim Miller's solo show about being queer in America.
'íCantinflas!' Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission; 978-ARTS. $10-15. Opens Thurs/19, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sept 29, 3pm. Through Sept 29. Artist in residence Herbert Sigüenza, a member of Culture Clash, presents a bilingual performance about the remarkable life of Cantinflas, the late Mexican comedian.
Dreams of the Salthorse Thick House, 1695 18th St; 821-4849. $15-20. Previews Fri/20-Sat/21, 8pm; Sun/22, 5pm. Opens Mon/23, call for time. Runs Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 5pm. Through Oct 20. Encore Theatre Company closes its 16th season with the world premiere of Adam Rapp's surreal play about a world where love is the only crime.
Eight X Tenn Eureka Theatre Company, 215 Jackson; (510) 434-0734. $12-20. Previews Sept 24-26, 8pm. Opens Sept 27, 8pm. Runs Fri-Sun, 8pm (also Sept 29, Oct 6, 13, and 20, 3pm). Through Oct 20. Eastenders Repertory Company performs eight one-act plays by Tennessee Williams.
Romeo and Juliet Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter; 422-2222. $28-36. Previews Fri/20-Sat/21 and Sept 26, 8pm. Opens Sept 27, 8pm. Runs Sept 28, Oct 4-5, and 10-12, 8pm (also Oct 5, and 12, 2pm); Oct 6 and 13, 2pm. Through Oct 13. The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents the classic love story.
Deep Space Transparent Theater, 1901 Ashby, Berk; (510) 883-0305. $20 (Sun, pay what you can). Opens Fri/20, 8pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. Through Oct 20. Transparent Theater presents Alex Johnston's play about two Irish men struggling with their confusion about male identity.
The Shape of Things Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison, Berk; (510) 843-4822. $28-38. Previews Wed/18, 8pm. Opens Thurs/19, 2pm. Runs Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2 and 7pm. Through Oct 20. Aurora Theatre Company opens its 11th season with Neil LaBute's tale of an art student who pushes her boyfriend to see how far he'll go for love.
And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. $7-10. Tues-Thurs, 10:15am; Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through Sept 29. The New Conservatory Theatre Center's 2002-03 YouthAware Program presents James Still's play about the young author.
Are We Almost There? Shelton Theatre, 533 Sutter; 345-7575. $15. Sun, 2pm. Open-ended. Travel is the theme of this musical comedy revue.
Far from Springer Call for location info: 789-7617. $10-20. Sat-Sun, 8pm. Through Oct 13. A private home hosts In Home Theater Productions' presentation of Craig Fox's play about two queer best friends.
The Full Monty Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market; 512-7770. $41-81. Tues-Sat, 8pm (also Wed and Sat, 2pm); Sun, 2pm. Through Oct 13. Best of Broadway presents the based-on-the-film musical comedy about working-class blokes who hit on an inventive scheme to make money.
Hairstory Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St; 861-5079. $15-25. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm (also Sun/22, Sept 29, 3pm). Through Oct 5. Theatre Rhinoceros opens its 25th season with a musical review about hair. Based on interviews conducted by coauthors Johari Jabir and Doug Holsclaw, the show explores the role that hair plays in our sexual, gender, and ethnic identities. The original score by Jabir covers a range of musical genres including gospel, soul, jazz, and pop as well as some clever homages (a medley about hair products begins in the style of Leontovych's "Carol of the Bells" and continues through a range of familiar musical references). The piece suffers a bit from an underdeveloped plot: the characters are gathered at a beauty salon in memory of the deceased owner, but instead of plumbing the richness of the salon as a hotbed of cultural exchange and identity formation, the premise feels superimposed for the sake of justifying the show's disparate elements. However, the harmony is in the singing, and there are several humorous and insightful individual moments. (Shalson)
*Let's Talk about Me Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St; 861-5079. $16-18. Thurs-Sat, 8:30pm; Sun, 7:30pm. Extended run: through Sept. 29. Three inspired one-acts compose a cool, quirky, and intimate portrait of San Francisco's underground. Punk rock veteran Jennifer Blowdryer directs and co-narrates Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace, her schlock-horror adaptation of Scott Thorson's tell-all memoir of five years with the vain, extravagant, controlling entertainer. Nathan Tucker plays the aging star's phlegmatic 18-year-old protégé, the object of insatiable appetites and petty obsessions brilliantly brought to life by cabaret dabster Phillip R. Ford, decked out in Sue Fox's marvelous costumes. Next, Ford directs the equally accomplished Arturo Galster as drag queen legend Doris Fish (until her untimely death in 1991 a fixture on the city's stages, afterward immortalized in the cult film Vegas in Space, directed by Ford and costarring both Galster and Blowdryer). Galster's Fish immaculately polished but relaxed and inviting is a charming, very funny tribute and a bravura act all its own. Finally, Laurie Bushman directs scenes from Blowdryer's autobiographical White Trash Debutante, a paean to the punk rock '70s that conveys the spirit of its subject in its playful irreverence. Throughout, unflappable performances and a contagious joie de vivre ensure this unique trip down S.F.'s memory lane will be remembered in its own right. (Avila)
PINS Walker Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. $18-38. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun/22, Sept 29, 2pm. Through Oct 13. One of the more insidious things about homophobia is that it's not always obvious who the homophobe is. Sometimes it's a gay kid whose internalized self-hatred makes him lash out at other queers. Without perpetuating the stereotype that gay-bashers are usually gay bashers (because if it's believed that only queers attack other queers and this is certainly not the case it's much too easy to dismiss it as a "gay problem"), Jim Provenzano (who writes the Sports Complex column in the Bay Area Reporter) explores the nuances of this phenomenon in his sensitive work on the unlikely topic of high school wrestling. Joey Nicci (Nick Tagas) is in love with a fellow wrestler but still participates in the ostracizing of another openly gay teammate, with tragic results. The treatment of adolescent sexuality and the pressures and pleasures of team sports is perceptive and honest, and offers a unique view of growing up gay. (Shalson)
Rebel Without a Pause Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th St; 647-2822. $24-28. Tues-Sun, 8pm. Through Sept 29. New York-based comedian Reno brings back her popular show, a firsthand account of the events of Sept. 11.
*Stories by Tobias Wolff Magic Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 437-6775. $25 (Wed, pay what you can). Extended run: Thurs-Sat, 8:30pm; Sun, 3pm. Through Sept 29. Under this unassuming title, Word for Word triumphantly stages three tales from the oeuvre of the masterful short story writer. In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, directed by Sheila Balter, follows a frumpy, undistinguished academic (Susan Harloe) through a humiliating job interview at a snooty East Coast university. In a wonderful send-up of academic pomp, Wolff allows his underdog the last word and affirms the individual against vain intellectualism. Next, Stephanie Hunt directs Lady's Dream and Bullet in the Brain. The first explores love's necessary illusions, as a Southern belle (Nancy Shelby) and her overbearing husband (Joel Mullennix) reflect separately on their courtship many years before. In the final piece, a snide and pompous book critic named Anders (Paul Finocchiaro) is toppled in a bank line by his own uncontrollable penchant for sarcasm. The audience partakes of his final moments courtesy of Anders's corpus callosum. Throughout, intelligent, imaginative staging and fine ensemble performances (led by Word for Word stalwarts Harloe, Shelby, and Finocchiaro) mesh with Wolff's crystalline prose and playful wit to elicit our lively and unflagging interest. (Avila)
Talking with Angels A Traveling Jewish Theater, 470 Florida; 389-8975. $15-20. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 5pm. Through Sept 29. (Oct 3, moves to Spanganga, 3376 19th St; 821-1102. Same schedule through Oct 20.) In Nazi-occupied Hungary, four friends held weekly philosophical discussions, where, according to their manuscripts, they were visited by forces that they came to know as angels. Shelley Mitchell's virtuosic solo performance presents this story from the perspective of the lone survivor: an elderly, decidedly nonreligious and likably cynical Gitta Mallasz, as she would have appeared at one of her many lectures in the 1980s. With the aid of Robert Ted Anderson's apt lighting, Mitchell transforms into the younger Hanna, who served as the medium for the angels to bring us their dialogues. Whether one believes in angels or is more inclined to find another explanation, this is a remarkable story. But the angels' words are less inspiring than one might hope for from divine entities. Far more moving is the story of Mallasz's (mostly successful) attempts to save more than 100 Jewish women and children by sheltering them in a mock Nazi factory near the end of the war. (Shalson)
We're Going down the Pub Edinburgh Castle Pub, 950 Geary; 885-4074. $10. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through Sept 28. The Edinburgh Castle Pub brings back its live, multimedia comedy show about pub life.
The Winter's Tale Golden Gate Park, West of the Conservatory of Flowers, www.sfshakes.org. Free. Sat-Sun, 1:30pm. Through Sept 29. The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival celebrates 20 years of Free Shakespeare in the Park with a performance of the Bard's tale of jealousy and forgiveness.
Beatbox: A Raparetta Black Box Theater, 1298 Telegraph, Oakl; (510) 451-1932. $7-10. (510) 451-1932. Wed/18, 8:30pm. Felonious: One Love Hip-Hop and DJ Raw B remount their acclaimed hip-hop theatrical production.
The Drawer Boy San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose; (408) 367-7255. Call for price. Tues-Sat, 8pm (also Sat, 3pm; Sept 25, noon); Sun, 2 and 7 (no 7pm show Sept 29). Through Sept 29. San Jose Repertory Theatre presents Michael Healey's play about two Canadian farmers who share a secret from their days in World War II.
Henry IV: The Impact Remix Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College, Berk; (925) 798-1300. $10-15. Fri/20-Sat/21, 8pm. Impact Theatre performs their take on the Shakespeare classic.
The House of Blue Leaves Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison, Berk; (510) 647-2949. $10-54. Tues and Thurs-Sat, 8pm (also Thurs/19, Sat/21, Sept 28, Oct 3, 12, 17, and 26, 2pm; no performance Fri/20); Wed and Sun, 7pm (also Sun, 2pm). Through Oct 27. Berkeley Rep presents John Guare's comic and cautionary examination of the pursuit of fame.
Julius Caesar LaVal's Subterranean Theatre, 1834 Euclid, Berk; (510) 234-6046. Call for price. Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through Oct 12. Subterranean Shakespeare performs the Bard's tale set, in this version, in 1935 Italy.
Macbeth Forest Meadows Outdoor Amphitheater, Grand at Acacia, Dominican University, San Rafael; (415) 499-4488. $12-22. Fri-Sat and Sun/22, 8pm. Through Sept 28. The Marin Shakespeare Company presents Shakespeare's drama.
The Music Lesson Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller, Mill Valley; (415) 388-5208. $24-40 (Tues, pay what you can). Tues and Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Wed, 7:30pm; Sun, 2 and 7pm; Thurs/19, 1pm. Through Oct 6. Marin Theatre Company performs Tammy Ryan's play about two Bosnian music teachers who flee to Pittsburgh.
That Ugly Month in September La Val's Subterranean Theatre, 1834 Euclid, Berk; (510) 704-8210. $10. Mon/23-Tues/24, 10pm. Shotgun Theatre Lab presents two new plays by Dana Vinger.
Twelfth Night Highway One at Calle del Mar, Stinson Beach; (415) 868-1115, www.shakespeareatstinson.org. $13-23. Fri, 7pm; Sat-Sun, 6pm (Oct 5-6, shows at 5:30pm). Through Oct 6. Shakespeare at Stinson presents Shakespeare's gender-bending comedy.
We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay! Eighth Street Studio, 2525 Eighth St, Berk; (510) 704-8210. $10-25. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. Through Oct 19. Shotgun Players presents Dario Fo's political comedy about a group of women who rebel against high prices at the grocery store.
The Winter's Tale Bruns Memorial Amphitheater, Gateway Blvd exit off Hwy 24, Orinda; (510) 548-9666, www.calshakes.org. $13-46. Tues-Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri-Sat, 8pm (also Sat, 2pm); Sun, 4pm. Through Oct 6. See A&E review, page 40.
Company C Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 345-7575. Fri-Sat, 8pm. $15-20. Choreographer Charles Anderson's new contemporary ballet company presents its inaugural performance.
Randy Paufve and Paufve Dance Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St; 273-4633. Fri-Sun, 8pm. $14-16. The modern dance company performs "In Exhale," a concert of new and repertory works.
'Mission Wall Dances: something there is that doesn't love a wall' William B. Scott Facility, 1849 Harrison; 626-3311. Sat-Sun, 2 and 4pm. Through Sept 22. Free. A choreographer (Jo Kreiter, with her company of aerial dancers), a painter (Josef Norris), a set designer (Lalo Cervantes), and a musician (Pamela Z) collaborate on a mural-installation-performance.
Yaelisa and Caminos Flamencos Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theatre, 700 Howard; 978-ARTS. Fri-Sat 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $15-35. See Critic's Choice.
Gansu Dunhuang Art Academy Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek, Cupertino; (408) 864-8816. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. (Also Tues, Calvin Simmons Theatre, 10 10th St, Oakl; 415-392-4400.) $35-120. See 8 Days a Week, page 48.
Natasha Carlitz San Jose City College Theatre, 2100 Moorpark, San Jose; (650) 233-1924. Fri-Sat, 8pm. $10-15. The choreographer presents a program of modern dance, including Linear Transformations, a new work inspired by mathematics.
'Bad' Blue Room Gallery, 2331 Mission; 515-1210. Wed, 8pm. $8-10. The Moving Target Series presents an evening of (intentionally) bad poetry readings by Kevin Killian, Beth Lissick, kari edwards, and others.
BATS Improv Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; www.batsimprov.com. Thurs-Sun, 8pm. $6-12. This week's shows: "The Big Wheel" (Thurs); "The Life Game" (Fri); "The Serial" (Sat); "Micetro" (Sun).
brOTHERs Jon Sims Center for the Arts, 1519 Mission; 554-0402. Fri, 8pm. $5-10 (sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds). As part of the Jon Sims Center's Fall 2002 AIRspace artists-in-residence series, the performance ensemble of female-born, male-identified artists of color presents spoken word, poetry, movement, and more.
'Dance! Dance! Dance! Explosion!' Spanganga, 3376 19th St; 821-1102. Thurs, 9pm. $7. Shaun Landry, Kevin Seal, Tony Swank, all-girl boy band 2Good4U, and other acts take the stage for an evening of comedic performance.
'In Search of Human Culture' California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission; www.g2institute.org. Tues, 7pm. $3-5. Rhodessa Jones and Idris Ackamoor present a multimedia event that integrates tap, jazz, spoken word, and other forms into a performance about the power of art to bring about social and political change.
'No Man's Land' ODC Theater, 3153 17th St; 863-9834. Fri-Sat, 8pm. $10-15. See 8 Days a Week, page 48.
'Peacedreams' Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa; 621-7978. Mon-Tues, 8pm. $10-15. Theatre of Yugen presents a Butoh-inspired performance curated by Christina Braun, featuring spoken word, poetry, dance, and more.
San Francisco Bicycle Ballet Cafe Cocomo, 650 Indiana; 864-2588, www.sanfranciscobicycleballet.org. Sun, 6pm-12:30am. $8, $4 bicyclists (dinner $1). See 8 Days a Week, page 48.
'Sex! Body! Self!' San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market; 865-5633. Wed, 7:30pm. $5-20. Performer and activist Tim Miller presents a "lecture/rant" that takes on George W., the decline in arts funding, and other topics.
'Slow Art' Union Square, Powell at Geary; 923-1338. Sat, 1:30pm. Free. This ongoing series features free concerts (this week the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus performs), plus exhibits mounted by Red Umbrella designed to "slow the world down."
'Tastes like Random' Next Stage, 1620 Gough; 673-0304, ext 3. Fri-Sat, 8pm. $10. Combined Art Form Entertainment presents Tilted Frame Improv in a show that incorporates digital technology, live music, and audience participation.
'This is AECA!' Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia; 824-1375. Thurs, 7pm. Free. The Alliance of Emerging Creative Artists presents a round-robin evening of performance with poet Pat Payne, writer and critic Aaron Shuman, and musicians Leon Lee, Jeff Chan, and Neil Straghalis.
'Til Friday' Club Rendez-Vous, 1312 Polk; 309-CLUB. Fri, 10:30pm and midnight. Free. A cast of drag performers including Cockatelia, Gypsy Calabrese, Sonfondaboyz, Manley Lennox, and Karen Kill takes the stage; this week's theme is "Revenge of the Wicked Witch of the West."
'Tooth and Claw' McBean Theater, Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon; 441-8822. Wed, 7pm. $6-10. As part of its "Science on Stage" festival of new plays, the Magic Theatre presents a staged reading of Michael Hollinger's drama set on the Galapagos Islands.
'When the Stars Begin to Fall' Bethany United Methodist Church, 1268 Sanchez; 554-0402. Sun, 2pm. Free. The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band performs music of hope in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
'Women's Work' Venue 9, 252 Ninth St; 289-2000. Tues, 8pm. $8-10 (sliding scale). This week's performances in this ongoing series include Forty Dates in Forty Nights, a comedic solo performance about blind dating by Ivy J. Millman; Sweet Valentine, Alma Esperanza Cunningham's ensemble dance piece; Water Dance, Junko Sodeyama's dance meditation on water and the human psyche; and Eleanor Scott's Date Me, a solo, multicharacter play about relationships.
'Guys 'R Dolls' Glenview Performing Arts Center, 1318 Glenfield, Oakl; (510) 551-9785. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Ongoing. $39.95. A cast of drag divas performs, led by MC Brian Keith.
'The International Terrorist Tour' 21 Grand, 449B 23rd St, Oakl; (510) 451-9446. Thurs, 9pm. $8. Performance artist Cindy Wonderful and bands Romantic Retard Nation and the Human Jukebox join up for an evening of off-the-wall entertainment.
Blue Bear Performance Hall Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 885-5678. Sat, 8:30pm: "Improvalicious Improvisation Theater Troupe," $5-10. Through Oct 5.
BrainWash Café 1122 Folsom; 861-3663. Thurs, 8pm: Comedy open mic hosted by Tony Sparks, free.
The Field 524 Union; 377-1662. Wed, 8pm: "Comedy Club," with host Ian Jensen, $5.
Java Source 343 Clement; 387-8025. Fri, 10:30pm and Sat, 10pm: Comedy open mic hosted by Tony Sparks, free.
Luggage Store 1007 Market; 255-5971. Tues, 8pm: Comedy workshop with Tony Sparks, $3.
Magic Theatre Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 455-5848, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sat, 8pm: "Those Improv Guys," improv comedy, $15.
New Pisa 550 Green; 207-0285, www.northbeachimprov.com. Fri, 9pm: "North Beach Improv," with host Uncle Vinny Rizzo, $10.
Noh Space 2840 Mariposa; email@example.com. Sat, 7:30 and 8:45pm: "An Evening with Tina Kim, the Single Asian Comic," $15.
San Francisco LGBT Community Center 1800 Market; 865-5633. Mon, 8pm: "Monday Night Gay Comedy," with host Marilyn Pittman, $8-15 (no one turned away for lack of funds).
Shelton Theater 533 Sutter; (831) 429-9278, firstname.lastname@example.org. Thurs-Sat, 8pm: "Dangerous Neighbors," sketch comedy, $13-15. Through Sept 28.
The Stud 399 Harrison; email@example.com. Wed, 8:30pm: "Stood Up!," stand-up comedy with hosts Pippi Lovestocking and Ronn Vigh, $5.
Black Box 1928 Telegraph, Oakl; (510) 595-5597. Thurs, 8pm: The Oakland Playhouse improv troupe performs improv comedy, $5.
Dance Palace Fifth St at B St, Point Reyes Station; 454-5238. Sat, 8pm: comedian, actor, and mime Geoff Hoyle performs, $13-15.
Open mics take place almost every night in cafés throughout the Bay Area. If you want to perform, show up about half an hour before start time to put your name on the list. A day-by-day guide to word events and featured readers:
Wednesday: La Peña Cultural Center La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 849-2566. "Word and Sing," with Central American and Chicano poets, hosted by Paul Flores, 7:30pm, $2. Mama Bears Women's Bookstore 6536 Telegraph, Oakl; (510) 506-3717. "SheSpeaks," open mic night for women 18 and up, 7:30pm, $5. Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 841-2082. "The Berkeley Slam!," with hosts Charles Ellik and dani eurynome, 8pm, $7. BrainWash Cafe 1122 Folsom; 864-3842. "Spoken Word Salon," open mic with host Diamond Dave Whitaker, 8pm, free. Cody's Books 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. "Poetry Flash," with Meg Kearney and Cornelius Eady, 7:30pm, $2.
Thursday: Café 1428 1428 Alice, Oakl; (510) 239-2239, ext 2899. "Poet Skool," open mic with host Paradise, 7pm, donations accepted.
Saturday: Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center at California College of Arts and Crafts, 1111 Eighth St; 551-9728. "New Experiments: Marcella Durand on Environmental Poetry," talk, discussion, and reading, 3:30pm (reading 5pm), call for price. Unitarian Center 1187 Franklin; 338-2227. The Poetry Center presents a celebration of the work of late poet Lorine Niedecker, with Jenny Penberthy and special guests, 7:30pm, $7.
Sunday: Cody's Books 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852. "Poetry Flash," with Piri Thomas and Max Schwartz, 7:30pm, $2.
Monday: Perry's Joint 1661 Fillmore; 931-5260. "Celebration of the Word," with featured readers Mark Schwartz and Gary Glazner, 7pm, free. Rasselas Jazz (Fillmore) 1534 Fillmore; 346-8696. Open mic for instrumentalists, singers, and poets, featuring the Dee Spencer Trio, 8pm, free.
Tuesday: The Beanery 2925 College, Berk; (510) 549-9093. "The Whole Note Poetry Series," with Ron Jones and Teresa Cochran, plus host Jesse Beagle, 7pm, free.