Mesmeric Revelation: New Central Works Play Inspired by Poe Story
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Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon is the world's longest-running musical revue. Since 1974, this San Francisco institution has followed Snow White on a musical comedy quest around the world, where she runs into satirically portrayed pop-culture and political celebrities, an impressive array of gigantic hats and one showstopping musical number after another. Because the show is constantly updated with new costumes, hats and characters, it rewards repeat visits. Among the familiar faces you might see spoofed in Beach Blanket's latest incarnation: Lady Gaga, Barack and Michelle Obama, the cast of Glee, Kate Middleton and Adele. Even after nearly 40 years, Beach Blanket Babylon remains one of San Francisco's wildest evenings of live entertainment. Learn More
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Theo Black and Joe Jordan were absolutely superb. The stage direction for this unusual small space was very inventive and effective. I felt that the writing for the first half of the play was stronger and easier to follow than the second half. The musical cues were somewhat overwrought and distracted from the strong compelling performances.
Quotes & Highlights
Central Works opens this year's season of world premieres with a new play inspired by a story from that master of the metaphysical, Edgar Allan Poe.
Paris, on the eve of the Revolution, the most learned men in the world gather at the Royal Academy of Science. Antoine Lavoisier, esteemed director of the Academy, leads an inquiry into the latest craze sweeping through French Society. The scandalous Dr. Anton Mesmer claims he can cure any patient of any illness by "mesmerizing" them – placing them in a mysterious trance-like state. Can such a claim be proven scientifically? Antoine, the "Father of Modern Chemistry," faces off against Anton, the "Wizard of Vienna," in a fiery clash of science and mysticism.
Mesmeric Revelation is the second production developed by Central Works with playwright/director Aaron Henne. Last year Henne's journey into the surreal, A Man's Home…an ode to Kafka's Castle, prompted George Heymont of the Huffington Post to declare, "If you want theatre that pushes the creative envelope to the limits, don't miss this show."
About the Ticket Supplier: Central Works
Central Works Theater Ensemble is committed to the collaborative development of original works for the theater. We write, develop, and produce plays. Our focal point is originality: original ideas, original conceptions, original plays. We bring theater artists together as partners in the creation and development of intellectually and emotionally demanding works, while offering the local community daring, intimate productions at affordable prices.