Absolutely San Francisco: One-Woman Musical Dramedy Returns
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In this modern masterwork -- critically praised as a unique mix of Oscar Wilde and Bertolt Brecht -- the great Irish writer George Bernard Shaw pits a military industrialist against his crusading daughter. She's a Salvation Army major; he's an arms manufacturer and whiskey distiller -- on certain issues, they could not disagree more. But when he begins donating money to her organization, matters come to a head as the characters grapple with questions of business, faith, family and philanthropy. After 16 years, A.C.T. brings Shaw back to the stage with this co-production with Theatre Calgary, one of A.C.T.'s favorite Canadian collaborators, featuring an international cast of Canadian and American actors. Learn More
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I wanted to like it - really I did. I wanted to support an off-beat, one-woman show. She did imitations of a crazy homeless woman, a gay man, a Chinese woman, and a (possibly African-American?) cable car conductor. It sounds like it has potential, but it wasn't really funny, and judging by all the silence, it didn't seem like I was the only person who thought that. Maybe they were too concerned with being politically correct and couldn't write the jokes that might have made it funny? And the songs were neither interesting nor impressive, just sort of serviceable.
About halfway in, my friend and I left, which I *never* do. But I really couldn't subject him to any more. So if it got better and had a "surprise ending", we missed it. But you'll have to be prepared to sit through a lot to get there.
Quotes & Highlights
- "Absolutely San Francisco is absolutely fantastic ... A show this nuanced, this layered – and this much fun, Absolutely San Francisco is a show to see again and again." --Marina Times/Northside
- "Fun and funny...San Francisco is known for its history, its neighborhoods, its politics and its characters, all of which are showcased in Absolutely San Francisco....The show has great humor throughout, and some very fun and funny songs." --San Francisco Bay Times
- "Captures the spirit of San Francisco..." —KGO -TV/ABC7
- "Absolutely San Francisco is very SF" —BeyondChron.com
- "...an intimate look at San Francisco seen through the eyes of a gifted artist." —Visit Half Moon Bay
The long-running hit, Absolutely San Francisco, is a fun and poignant one-woman musical allegory about the San Franicsco take on the American Dream. Get on an imaginary cable car with Sunshine -- a free-spirited daughter of the 60s -- on her quest to find a powerful person to help her fight City Hall -- and the meter maids threatening to impound her shopping cart. The insightful, whimsical book and lyrics by Anne Nygren Doherty turn the city’s stereotypes- inside out and reveal the heart and soul of a city where the atypical is typical – where hippies, drifters and dreamers rub elbows with striving immigrants and the top 1% of the “1%.” Sitting in the cozy, Alcove Theater, the audience comes away moved by the hidden bonds that tie these seemingly disparate people together.