Stage listings are compiled by Cheryl Eddy. Performance times may
change; call venues to confirm. Reviewers are Robert Avila, Rita Felciano,
Lara Shalson, and Chloe Veltman. See 8 Days
a Week for information on how to submit items to the listings.
Attempts on Her Life Thick House, 1695 18th St; 1-866-GOT-FURY,
www.foolsfury.org. $15-20 (Thurs/26
and Mon/30, pay what you can). Previews Thurs/26, 8pm. Opens Fri/27,
8pm. Runs Sat/28 and Mon/30, 8pm (also Sat/28, 3pm). (July 11-19: Fri-Sat,
8pm, La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid, Berk. Same phone and price).
foolsFURY remounts their acclaimed production of Martin Crimp's avant-garde
play about the various identities of a mysterious woman.
Death and the Maiden Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St; 861-5079,
www.therhino.org. $15-20. Previews
Thurs/26-Fri/27, 8:30pm. Opens Sun/29, 3:30pm. Runs Thurs-Sat, 8:30pm
(no show July 4); Sun, 3:30pm. Through July 20. Mystic Bison Theatre
performs Ariel Dorfman's play about a woman who confronts a man she
believes tortured her years before.
*Apocalypse: The Book of Revelation The Marsh, 1062 Valencia;
826-5750. $12-17 (Thurs, pay what you can). Thurs/26 and Sat/28, 8pm.
Solo performer Eliot Fintushel's entrancing word-for-word recitation
of the Book of Revelation that darkly mysterious and fiercely
poetical work of the New Testament supposedly delivered by Jesus to
the Apostle John while the latter sat in a Roman penal colony
is time well spent whether or not you're of an eschatological bent.
In a passionately dramatic performance employing handmade masks and
a smattering of ancient songs played on sundry instruments, Fintushel
brings forth a gamut of colors and moods in conjuring up the great characters
named and unnamed in this simultaneously opaque and effulgent text,
the mother of all revenge tales. The shifts in tone come fast and furious,
and over the course of the nearly 12,000 words that make up Apocalypse
can begin to feel repetitive, but Fintushel's impressive command
of the material and his craft humanizes the text, making it poignantly
apt and, ironically, far more besetting than any cheap horror-flick
rehash of biblical prophesy and end times could hope to be. (Avila)
Are We Almost There? Shelton Theatre, 533 Sutter; 345-7575.
$20-22. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Open-ended. Travel is the theme of this musical
'The Best of PlayGround: Seventh Annual Emerging Playwrights Festival'
A Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida; 987-2787, www.playground-sf.org.
$12.50-35 (Thurs, pay what you can). Thurs/26-Sat/28, 8pm; Sun/29, 2
and 7pm. Playground has again culled the best of its yearly series
of Monday Night PlayLabs (devoted to quick and dirty productions of
winning playlets submitted in response to a posted "theme")
in the Seventh Annual Emerging Playwrights Festival: seven original
short plays treated to full productions by some of the best local talent.
This year Cold Calls, by Martha Soukup, makes divine intervention
just another day at the office, while Camus meets Shamu in Michael Lütz's
The Vigil, an existentially fishy account of a man's attempt
to bid farewell to his deceased mother. Aaron Loeb's Sound records
a comically romantic breakdown between a prenatal inter-Asian couple
amid dueling creation myths. Kenn Rabin's Hunters and Gathers
turns the Alcatraz ferry into a very San Franciscan love-boat encounter.
Cass Brayton's I'd Like to Buy a Vowel reads between the lines
of a drag queen's love letters. Maria Rokas's Plans and Peccadilloes
hilariously charts a dismal marriage gone worse. And Kristina Goodnight's
Letterophilia wraps things up with a comic account of the addictive
power of the written word. A charismatic ensemble and seven sharp Bay
Area directors get the most from an inevitably uneven but enjoyable,
occasionally surprising program. (Avila)
*Black and Blue: A Musical Revue Lorraine Hansberry Theatre,
620 Sutter; 474-8800. $15-32. Extended run: Thurs/26-Sat/28, 8pm; Sun/29,
2pm. A modified version of the Black and Blue that opened
on Broadway in 1989, this rousing musical revue presents 18 blues and
jazz numbers. The three lead women vocalists with Bay Area favorite
Faye Carol headlining are this musical revue's raison d'être:
Clara McDaniel shimmers with a silky, jazz-time "Am I Blue."
Ella Jamerson-Haynes raises the roof with an inspired gospel rendition
of "Serve Somebody." And Carol shows off her versatility with
a coy "If I Can't Sell It, I'll Keep Sittin' on It," a righteous
"T'ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do" (with Jamerson-Haynes),
and a heart-wrenching "Body and Soul." (Shalson)
Cocksucker: A Love Story Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St;
861-5079. $20-30. Extended run: Wed/25-Sat/28, July 2-3, and 5, 8pm;
Sun/29 and July 6, 7pm (also July 6, 3pm); starting July 9, runs Wed-Sat,
8pm; Sun, 3pm. Through July 20. Theatre Rhinoceros presents writer-director
Ronnie Larsen's double tale about a man named Isaac (the sympathetic
Octavio Saez De Ibarra) with a unique penchant for fellatio who cross-dresses
solely to maximize his opportunities, and two childhood friends, Joshua
and Jimmy (Joshua Miller and Ronnie Kerr), who join the Marines only
to wind up victims of a porn movie scam. Meanwhile, in an elaboration
on the play's somewhat muddled theme of sex and politics, Bill and Hillary
Clinton (Randel Hart and Michaela Greeley) and Monica Lewinsky (Anna
Loar) together represent the head of state. The two main story lines
(the latter based on an actual incident involving Marines at Camp Pendleton)
take a while to get rolling and never quite intersect convincingly.
But there are some surprisingly compelling moments in this otherwise
fitful comedy, especially in the realistic treatment accorded the young
Marines (rendered with an all-American innocence by Miller and Kerr)
and their casual exploitation at the hands of a predatory military and
commercial culture. (Avila)
'Comedy on the Square' Shelton Theatre, 533 Sutter; 522-8900.
$15. Performances include "A Celebration of Silliness!"
with Fred Anderson (Sun, 3 and 7pm; through July 31).
Devil in the Deck Climate Theater, 285 Ninth St; 364-1411.
$15-25. Extended run: Thurs-Sat, 8pm. Through July 26. Paul Nathan
stars in his one-person show about a con artist named Jack Swindle who
travels the world performing magic and cheating at cards. Combining
card tricks with stories, Nathan weaves the tale of a life that begins
with an inauspicious tarot reading, an experience that instills in its
protagonist an obsession with cards and the determination to cheat them
(and life) at every turn. The fusion of mysticism, magic, and straight-up
duplicity is pleasing, and when Nathan shows us exactly how his mesmerizing
tricks are done, we are reminded that just because it's artful deception,
doesn't mean it's not magic. However, Nathan's storytelling is less
beguiling than his card manipulations and Swindle's character remains
as two-dimensional as the Jack of Spades that slips between his fingers,
while his studied smarminess turns the women who fill his stories into
little more than paper dolls. (Shalson)
The Glass Menagerie El Teatro de la Esperanza, 2940 16th
St, Second Flr; 255-2320. $12. Fri/27-Sat/28, 8pm (also Sat/28, 3pm).
El Teatro de La Esperanza puts a Latino spin on the Tennessee Williams
The Hollywood Chronicles: Stories, Songs, and Gossip Exit
Theatre, 156 Eddy; 296-0412. $15. Fri/27-Sat/28, 8:30pm. Stephen
Clay performs his solo musical.
Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly New Conservatory Theatre
Center, 25 Van Ness; 861-8972. $18-38. Extended run: Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun,
2pm (no show Sun/29). Through July 13. The last theatrical extravaganza
created by costume designer extraordinaire Howard Crabtree and his longtime
collaborator, lyricist Mark Waldrop, before Crabtree's death in 1996,
this zany musical revue depicts Crabtree's dream autobiography. The
familiar setup opens on a series of campy sketches, borrowing from a
range of musical genres, about finding joy in the face of adversity.
The rainbow-colored sensibility feels dated at times, but Waldrop's
new pieces written for this production torch songs for the likes
of Dick Cheney and Pat Robertson, performed with eye-fluttering sincerity
by Jeff Manabat are clever and timely. (Shalson)
Let's Pretend I'm Not Your Mother Climate Theatre, 285 Ninth
St; 364-1411. $20. Extended run: Thurs-Sat, 9:30pm. Through July 26.
Titillation Theatre helps inaugurate Climate Theatre's new venue
with writer-director Jennifer Hotcher's cabaret: a smorgasbord of sex
in the city that kicks off with a course on how to undress for your
lover, conducted by a professional stripper (Hotcher), and pulsates
right through 10 more sexy, frequently funny vignettes. The show has
been bouncing around a number of small venues for the last year (between
police raids), and the momentum has paid off. The sketches may be uneven
in conception, but the cast is aces and consistently pleases. (Avila)
Little Mary Sunshine Goat Hall, 400 Missouri; www.openstage.org.
$10-20. Thurs-Sat, 7pm; Sun, 2pm. Through July 13. OpenStage Repertory
Theater performs a musical spoof that pays tribute to classic movie
musicals and 1920s operettas.
The Lonesome West Magic Theatre (Northside), Bldg D, Fort
Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 441-8822. $17-37. Wed-Sat, 8pm (no show
July 4); Sun, 2:30pm (also July 6, 7:30pm). Through July 6. The
Magic Theatre performs Martin McDonagh's third play in his Leenane trilogy
(The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Skull of Connemara), a "deadly
comedy" about a pair of brothers who guard a dark secret.
Love and Taxes Magic Theatre, Bldg D, Fort Mason; 437-6775,
www.zspace.org. $25-27. Previews
Wed/25-Thurs/26, 8:30pm. Opens Fri/27, 8:30pm. Runs Wed-Sat, 8:30pm;
Sun, 2:30 and 7:30. Through July 13. The Z Space Studio presents
the world premiere of Josh Kornbluth's latest monologue.
The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? Marines Memorial Theatre,
609 Sutter; 1-877-771-6900. $25-45. Wed/25-Sat/28, 8pm (also Sat/28,
5pm); Sun/29, 3 and 6pm. Robert Dubac performs his solo comedy about
a guy who seeks the help of his five misguided alter egos after he's
dumped by his fiancée.
Mysterious Skin New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness;
861-8972. $18-38. Wed/25-Sat/28, 8pm; Sun/29, 2pm. Prince Gomolvilas's
Mysterious Skin opens as a UFO expert, against a dark, celestial
backdrop, asks his television audience, "Have aliens contacted
you?" It's a funny, uncomfortable moment trouble hangs in
the air, and it has nothing to do with the heavens. Skin, adapted
from Scott Heim's 1995 novel and receiving its world premiere at the
New Conservatory Theatre Center, traces the trajectories of two young
men from semirural Kansas who shared a childhood experience that shaped
them in a way each is unable to control. Good chemistry and solid acting
from a committed cast, under Arturo Catricala's ever sharp and sportive
direction, convey the full range of humor, pain, and compassion in the
often excellent dialogue. (Avila)
Nora (A Doll's House) Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason; 820-1460.
$10-20. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Through July 19. Second Wind Productions
presents Ingmar Bergman's modern adaptation of the Ibsen classic.
Over Nine Waves Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor; 673-3847, www.sffringe.org.
$10-20. Thurs/26-Sat/28, 8pm. Tim Barsky and the Everyday Ensemble
perform an experimental theater piece that weaves traditional storytelling
with current events, plus a live musical score.
R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe
Project Artaud Theater, 450 Florida; 626-DOME, www.foghouse.com.
$25-35 (July 2, pay what you can). Extended run: Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun,
2pm. Ongoing. Fuller was one of the great brainiacs of the 20th
century, a philosopher, mathematician, inventor, and idealist who devoted
his life to finding the best fit between nature and humanity. In D.W.
Jacobs's fitful, two-hour monologue based on the life and writings of
Fuller, actor Ron Campbell dexterously pings from one of the visionary's
obsessions to another, inhabiting Fuller's eccentric soul with physical
and verbal intensity. (Veltman)
Silent Movie Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy; 289-6808. $10-25.
Thurs/26-Sat/28, 8pm. Kinetic Theory Experimental Theatre performs
a mimed play that recreates the style of silent films.
Snapshots from the World Croquet Championship of 1959 Actors
Theatre of San Francisco, 533 Sutter; 296-9179. $5-20. Thurs/26-Sat/28,
8pm. Keith Phillips's new play is typical Actors Theatre of San
Francisco stuff: involving the story of white, middle-class, mostly
middle-aged people. Set in 1959 in the wake of the McCarthy era, a single
mother, Amanda, and various hangers-on retreat to Amanda's Block Island
summer house to celebrate her teenage son Michael's birthday. A traditional
game of croquet serves as the gauzy backdrop to spiraling familial upheavals.
Although Phillips's play, with its constant references to booze and
infidelity, feels at times like watered down O'Neill or Albee, the snappy
rhythm keeps us in the game. Add Steve Coleman's cozy cottage set and
a blazing performance by young cast member Kris Palm as the disconsolate
Michael, and you've got the makings of a competent, if not quite championship
night out at the theater. (Veltman)
*Stripped Next Stage, 1620 Gough; 673-0304, ext 3. $10-12.
Fri/27-Sat/28, 8pm. Generally speaking, the relationship between
the drama and improv may be described as "just friends," but
the actors of Tilted Frame Improv are passionate about both. In their
new show, Stripped, they drop the facile and forced wackiness
of comedy club improv for a far more daring and difficult form. Building
on suggestions from the audience, the troupe spin out not skits but
20-minute playlets, shifting characters, changing tone, switching genre,
and doing whatever strikes them to get at the root of their subject.
Produced by Combined Art Form Entertainment, the show peacocks around
a bit in its technologies confession cams, computer displays,
sound effects but no technology is better or rarer than good
acting, and of that there is plenty, particularly from Heather O'Brien,
who is, somehow, at once clever and vulnerable, and Christopher Dejong,
a genius of comedy who never overplays it and never misses a trick.
Urinetown: The Musical Geary Theater, 415 Geary; 749-2228.
$16-66. Previews Wed/25, Thurs/26-Sat/28, Mon/30, 8pm (also Sat/28,
2pm). Opens Tues/1, 8pm. Runs July 2-5, 9-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29-31, Aug
1-2, 5-9, and 12-16, 8pm (also July 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, Aug
2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 2pm); July 6 and 8, 7pm (also July 6, 2pm); July 13,
20, 27, Aug 3, 10, 17, 2pm. Through Aug 17. American Conservatory
Theatre performs Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis's parody and tribute to
musical theater, about a town suffering through a severe water shortage.
Wedding Singer Blues Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter; (510) 527-7813.
$15-20. Thurs/26-Sat/28, 8pm. Carla Zilbersmith performs her original,
solo musical (formerly titled Six Songs in Search of a Story).
Wicked Curran Theatre, 445 Geary; www.bestofbroadway-sf.com.
$30-85. Wed/25-Sat/28, 8pm (also Wed/25 and Sat/28, 2pm); Sun/29, 2pm.
Who's wickeder, Wicked Witch East or Wicked Witch West? As with
so many essentially political debates, it all depends on whom you read.
Apparently the image garnered of the Wicked Witch of the West from L.
Frank Baum's classic novel (not to mention the 1939 film) is all just
a big misunderstanding. Based on Gregory Maguire's best-seller, this
Broadway-bound musical shows us the real story behind the much maligned
career of Elphaba (Idina Menzel), a.k.a. the Witch, from nubile and
green-tinted co-ed to fashion-challenged champion of animal rights.
Not surprisingly, the musical resembles the novel in only the most superficial
way, reworking its gothic characters and plot into a romantic comedy
wrapped in elaborate sets and costumes (think Dr. Seuss in Middle Earth),
while the book's rather tortuous politics get reduced to a muddled backdrop
from which irrelevant one-liners about "regime change" and
"un-elected officials" are lobbed at a receptive audience.
With a mostly forgettable score by composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz,
and a disappointing lack of evil at the center, the real magic resides
in the excellent cast, beginning with a powerful Menzel and an utterly
irresistible Kristen Chenoweth as goody-goody witch Glinda, and extending
to an exceptional supporting cast among whose Broadway veterans Robert
Morse charms as the Wizard. (Avila)
The Bacchae John Hinkel Park, Southampton between San Diego
and Somerset, Berk; (510) 525-1620. Free. Sat-Sun, 5:30pm. Through July
6. Actors Ensemble of Berkeley bring Euripides' classic tragedy
to John Hinkel Park.
The Guys Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison, Berk;
(510) 647-2949. $10-54. Tues, Thurs-Sat, 8pm (also Thurs/26, 2pm; no
show July 4; July 5, show at 2pm only); Wed and Sun, 7pm (also Sun,
2pm). Through July 5. Cast: Jimmy Smits and Wanda De Jesus (June 24-July
5). It's not hard to imagine audiences overlooking The Guys'
more obvious weaknesses in the wake of 9/11, even the hokey, vaguely
self-serving dialogue and tedious construction. This early and unique
contribution could be welcomed for what it was: an attempt to offer
a community outlet for grief, and a sincere salute to some very brave
souls who died serving their city. But as it moves away from New York
and the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the play becomes less tenable, not
only as theater, but also as an attempt to speak relevantly to audiences
who've lived for two years with the savage war on terror unleashed and
justified in the name of national security. (Avila)
A Map of the World Ehmann Hall, Oakland YWCA, 1515 Webster,
Oakl; (510) 436-5085. $16-19. Thurs/26-Sat/28, 8pm; Sun/29, 3pm. See
Pericles Shakespeare at Stinson, Highway One at Calle Del
Mar, Stinson Beach; (415) 868-1115, www.shakespeareatstinson.org. $16-23.
Fri/27-Sat/28, 7pm; Sun/29, 6pm. Shakespeare at Stinson kicks off
their season with the Bard's romantic tale of loss and redemption.
Proof Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro,
Mountain View; (650) 903-6000. $20-48. Tues, 7:30pm; Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun,
2pm. Through July 13. TheatreWorks presents David Auburn's Pulitzer
Prize-winning play about a brilliant but unstable mathematician and
Thérèse Raquin Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison,
Berk; (510) 843-4822. $28-38. Previews Wed/25, 8pm. Opens Thurs/26,
8pm. Runs Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2 and 7pm. Through July 27. The Aurora
Theatre Company presents Emile Zola's theatrical adaptation of his novel
"a whirlwind of lust, murder, and revenge" set in 19th-century
*under milk wood Eighth St. Studio, 2525 Eighth St, Berk;
(510) 704-8210. $10-20. Extended run: Fri/27-Sat/28, 8pm; Sun/29, 7pm.
Shotgun Players present Dylan Thomas's wonderful but rarely produced
"play for voices" on the 50th anniversary of its first public
performance (an event shortly followed by the poet's untimely death).
Ingeniously adapting for the stage a play intended for radio, director
Gina Pulice, in excellent harmony with movement designer Amy Sass, first
calls attention to and then explodes the pretense of a poetry reading,
whereupon her lithesome eight-member ensemble cast leaps with all 16
feet into an enraptured embodiment of the play's action and images.
The Wyrd Sisters Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant, Berk; (510)
558-1381. $8-20 (Thurs/26 and July 31, pay what you can). Thurs-Sat,
8pm (no show July 4); Sun, 5pm. Through July 13. (free preview July
24, runs July 25-Aug 10: Thick House, 1695 18th St, S.F. Phone, price,
and schedule same.) Central Works performs a new play by Gary Graves
that draws on familiar Shakespearean characters.
Dairakudakan Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission;
978-ARTS. Fri-Sat, 8pm. $15-20. See "A Whiter Shade of Pale."
Joe Goode Performance Group Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,
700 Howard; 978-ARTS. Thurs-Sun, 8pm. $20-35. The company presents
the world premiere of Folk as well as the 2002 Transparent
Body. Part of the National Queer Arts Festival.
Lava Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St; 273-4633, www.dancemission.com.
Thurs-Fri, 8pm; Sat, 10pm; Sun, 7pm. $10-20. See box in "The
Importance of Being Queer." Part of the National Queer Arts Festival.
Pandit Birju Maharaj Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon; (408)
374-7068. Sat, 7pm. $20-100. Tarangini School of Kathak Dance presents
this performance of North Indian classical dance by Pandit Birju Maharaj
and Company, with live music by tabla master Zakir Hussain.
Noche Flamenca Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley, Bancroft
at Dana Ct, Berk; (510) 642-9988. Wed/25-Sat/28, Tues/1, July 2-3 and
5, 8pm; July 6, 7pm. $30-42. See Critic's Choice.
BATS Improv Bayfront Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina at
$8-12. The company continues "Summer of Laughter" with
"The Summer Games" (Fri-Sat, 8pm) and "Summer Holiday
Show" (Sun, 8pm).
Flam Chen Warm Water Cove Beach, end of 24th St off Third
St; 307-3482, www.qbox.org. Thurs-Fri,
9pm. $10-20 (sliding scale). Qbox hosts the Tucson, Az.-based "fire
circus" in an outdoor, flame-filled performance.
'Immaculate Deceptions' Lab, 2948 16th St; 864-8855. Fri-Sun,
9pm. $10-20 (sliding scale). Guillermo Gómez-Peña
and La Pocha Nostra perform a new work in progress that takes on misinformation
about global news spread by the mass media.
'Inbetween' Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St; 647-2822,
8pm. $25. Cellist Joan Jeanrenaud and artist-designer Tom Bonauro
perform a new evening-length collaboration.
'Rococo Risque, Lunatique!' Odeon, 3223 Mission; 902-4151.
Fri-Sat, 9pm. $10. Cabaret-burlesque-musical group Rococo Risque
perform a new show featuring original music and guest performers.
'Three Sheets to the Wind' Somarts Theater, 934 Brannan;
334-0722. Thurs-Fri, 8pm. $12-15. New York nightlife personality
Murray Hill hosts this variety show featuring the Wau-Wau Sisters. Part
of the National Queer Arts Festival.
'White Bird on a Stick' Exit Theater, 156 Eddy; 868-2409.
Thurs-Sat, 8pm. $15-25 (sliding scale). Sha Sha Higby performs her
latest work utilizing elaborate, sculptural costumes, dance, and puppetry.
'Bawdy Shakespeare' Temescal Arts Center, 511 48th Ave, Oakl;
(415) 869-5384. Sat, 8pm. $7-10. (July 12, 19, 26, 8pm: Shotwell Studios,
3252A 19th St, S.F. Same phone and price.) The Un-Scripted Theater
Company performs an improvised, naughty-humor-infused Shakespeare-style
'Burning Man Presents: A Beyond Belief Flambé Lounge' Crucible,
1260 Seventh St, Oakl; (510) 444-0919. Sat, 8pm-2am. $12-17. Among
the featured acts is avant-garde performance group the Mutaytor, who
incorporate swordplay, fire dancers, more than 50 drums, and more.
'Caught Up' Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Calvin Simmons
Theater, 10 10th St, Oakl; (510) 734-7551. Sun, 5pm. $14-35. Totally
Led Ministries and Healthy Oakland sponsor this Urban Theater production
of Beverly Brown's play about the choices that urban youth face as they
Kristen Chenoweth Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200
N. San Pedro, San Rafael; (415) 444-8000, www.marinjcc.org/centerstage.
Mon, 7:30pm. $30-40. The Tony-winning performer (currently appearing
in Wicked in San Francisco) performs a solo concert.
'Peaktimes' 21 Grand, 449B 23rd St, Oakl; (510) 444-7263.
Fri, 8pm. $5-10. In this improvised mix of music and dance, four
players perform works based on current events.
'ReminEssence' La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck,
Berk; (510) 597-1619. Sun, 7pm. $10-25 (sliding scale). Destiny
Arts Center presents the debut production of a new hip-hop theater company,
Dream Performance Company, in an original work featuring artists ages
18 to 23.
Blue Bear Theater Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna; 885-5678,
8:30pm: "Improvalicious" improv theater, $8-10.
'Blue Blanket Improv' Check website for times and locations.
www.blueblanketimprov.com. Blue Blanket Improv presents a free workshop
and improv show. Ongoing.
BrainWash Café 1122 Folsom; 861-3663. Thurs, 8pm:
Comedy open mic hosted by Tony Sparks, free.
Double Play 2401 16th St; 821-3601. Fri, 8pm: "Hyena
Comedy All-Stars," $7.
Fort Mason Center Marina at Laguna (check daily events sandwich
board to see exact location); 453-9092. Sat, 1-4pm: Improv workshop
with Jim Crenna, $10. Ongoing.
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.
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 spoken
word events and featured readers:
Wednesday: BrainWash Café 1122 Folsom; 440-5530.
"Spoken Word Salon," with host Diamond Dave Whitaker,
8pm, free. Savoy Tivoli 1434 Grant; 905-8837. "Savoy
Tivoli Reading Series" with host Mark Schwartz and featured reader
Billy Sale, 8pm, free.
Thursday: Coppa D'Oro Cafe 3166 24th St; 826-8003.
"Poetry on the Patio," spoken word and acoustic music
open mic with host Charlie Getter, 6:30pm, free. Dalva 3121
16th St; 753-8091. "The Poetry Mission" open mic with
featured reader Claire Lussier, 7pm, free.
Friday: Galeria de la Raza 2857 24th St; 826-8009.
"QueLACo's Poetry Event," Latino community poetry readings,
7pm, $5. Part of the National Queer Arts Festival.
Saturday: ODC Theater 3153 17th St; 863-9834. "Queeriosity
and the Monster Debut: In Celebration of the Next Generation of Queer
Youth Writers," readings and spoken word, 8pm, $5-10. Part of the
National Queer Arts Festival. Caffe Sempione 641 Vallejo;
362-6317. "Caffe Sempione Reading Series," with featured
reader Blake More, followed by open mic, 7pm, free.
Sunday: Cody's Books 2454 Telegraph, Berk; (510) 845-7852.
"Poetry Flash!," with Elliot Figman and Judith Taylor,
Monday: Sweetie's Cafe and Bar 474 Francisco; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poetry open mic hosted by Susan Birkeland, 8pm, free. Priya Restaurant
2072 San Pablo, Berk; email@example.com.
"Poetry Express," open mic this week's theme: summer
hosted by Mark States, 7pm, free. Perry's Joint 1661
Fillmore; 931-5260. "Celebration of the Word," open mic
hosted by Jeanne Powell and featuring Alice Rogoff, 7pm, free.
Tuesday: Mediterranean Cafe 2475 Telegraph, Berk;
"Berkeley Summer Poetry" open mic, 7pm, free. Shooting
Gallery 839 Larkin; 931-8035. "Electric Muse" open
mic with host April Martin Chartrand and featured reader Phillip T.
Nails, 7pm, $3.