What passes for entertainment in the San Francisco Bay Area

I get a weekly email that lists shows in the Bay Area. It’s not a comprehensive list. If I had to analogize, I’d say it’s akin to a list of off-Broadway productions in New York. I found amusing these two shows:

World Premiere of The War at Home at NCTC
New Conservatory Theatre Center (San Francisco, CA)
Wednesday, Sep. 27 @ 8:00pm (Preview)
Thursday, Sep. 28 @ 8:00pm (Preview)
and 26 more dates.
Full Price: $22.00 – $34.00 Our Price: $11.00 – $17.00
Brad Erickson’s new play, The War at Home, is the story of a minister’s son who returns to Charleston from New York to mount a local production of his new play championing gay marriage and challenging the Southern Baptist Church. Learn More
3rd Annual George Bush Going Away Party, A Evening of Political Comedy
Herbst Theatre at the San Francisco War Memorial Building (San Francisco, CA)
Saturday, Oct. 14 @ 8:00pm
Full Price: $23.25 Our Price: $12.00
The 3rd Annual George Bush Going Away Party features a variety of political comedians from New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco: Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Bill Santiago (Comedy Central), Alana Devich (Comedy Central’s “Laugh Riots”) and hostess Lisa Geduldig. People who want to cry when they hear about W’s policies, will be tickled by this show. The show will benefit the “Military Out of Our Schools Campaign” Learn More

The first one, especially, struck me as incredibly funny. I can just see some earnest ultra liberal playwright searching for the ingredients that will result in a play that’s not just a play, but is a STATEMENT. The second, of course, merely represents wishful thinking amongst a frustrated community.

I doubt I’ll be seeing either, but please don’t accuse me of boycotting things. As DQ will confirm, I never go out. Besides fatigue, and my husband’s and my varied and overwhelming work schedules, getting a babysitter makes almost any outing more trouble and expense than it’s worth.

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  • Zhombre

    Playwright William Mastrosimone from American Theatre magazine, June 2004:

    “The theatre should be a battlefield of ideas where the contest is fair. Whether it’s a comedy or drama, audiences should be assaulted and shaken from their comfort zones … I have stood by while artistic directors lament the loss of audiences. They blame everything but themselves. And I have sat in these theatres and seen these writers treat their characters like so many sock puppets to mouth a political philosophy that is now written on stone tablets … What is most galling is that these hacks pretend that they are in the vanguard. … Theatre people need to follow trusth no matter where it leads. The theatre needs to attract people of diverse political philosophies. As of now, there’s a lot of preaching to the converted going on.”

  • http://ymarsakar.blogspot.com/ Ymarsakar

    Anime directors are… about 900% better than American Hollywood directors. The director for Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactic, are of course, anomalies.

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