David and Amy Sedaris' The Book of Liz
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The last date listed for David and Amy Sedaris' The Book of Liz was Sunday September 4, 2011 / 7:00pm.
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With the book Lean In making a splash in 2013, the topic of women and success is just as fresh and current as it was in the 1980s, when Caryl Churchill wrote Top Girls in response to Margaret Thatcher's ambitious rise to power in the UK. Called "the best British play ever from a woman dramatist" by The Guardian, Top Girls follows Marlene, a ruthlessly ambitious career woman, who has seized every opportunity to make it to the top. In the play's famous opening scene, she celebrates her big promotion at a surreal dinner party whose guests are famous women from history and myth. After this celebratory moment, Top Girls changes course to show the cost of Marlene's ambitions. When a young relative shows up unannounced at her workplace, Marlene must examine what the next generations of women will gain (or lose) from the choices she made in her rush to the top. Learn More
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Reviews & Ratings
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Cute. Maybe my expectations were high knowing this was written by the Sedaris'. Small, intimate playhouse, acting was good, and there were some funny parts. Some definite low brow humor. All in all, an interesting addition to an evening, but if this is the main event, a bit disappointing.
Quotes & Highlights
- This is the second time Custom Made has produced the siblings Sedaris’ look at the Amish, alcoholics, and finding oneself in a changing world. <em> Liz</em> was an enormous hit in 2008 for Custom Made, setting box office records that still stand, and since then eager patrons have been asking, “When is <em>Liz</em> coming back?” Feeling that everyone needed a good laugh, Artistic Director Brian Katz responded with “Summer 2011 – assuming the world isn’t burning in the Rapture!” As we all seem to be here in one piece, <em>Liz</em> will happen as promised, and the hilarity will be heard up and down Gough St.
Everyone’s favorite Squeamish nun is back!
Sister Elizabeth Donderstock makes delicious cheeseballs. Everyone loves the cheeseballs; in fact they are all that the religious community of Clusterhaven has left.
But when Liz isn’t appreciated anymore, she decides to try the outside world. There she’ll meet Ukrainians with cockney accents, restaurants run by recovering alcoholics, a certain peanut, and her own self worth. But will her cheeseballs ever taste the same again?
This hilarious comedy could only come from the devilish minds of both David (This American Life, Me Talk Pretty One Day) and Amy (Strangers with Candy) Sedaris.
Featuring an amazing cast including Bay Area vet Stephen Pawley (TheatreWorks, Word for Word) and NYC transplant and BATCC award-winner, Marie O’Donnell (Late Night with David Letterman), along with Custom Made regular Tavis Kammet (Candide, Durang Me!) and sketch-comedian Allison Page (Killing My Lobster), The Book of Liz is the perfect summer comedy: hysterically funny, surprisingly touching, and full of the biting wit of David Sedaris, combined with the naughty, but sweet, absurdity of his sister Amy. The Book of Liz is directed by Gabriel A. Ross, who recently staged The Actor’s Nightmare as part of the BATCC nominated Durang Me!
About the Ticket Supplier: Custom Made Theatre Co.Winner of the SF Bay Critic Circle award for Best Overall Play of 2012, The Custom Made Theatre Co. is a San Francisco-based not-for-profit theatre dedicated to ensemble-based, socially relevant productions. Custom Made is the managing company of the Gough Street Playhouse, an intimate thrust theatre without a bad seat in the house, where they present a five play season, along with numerous readings, workshops and classes. Most recently, Custom Made produced the Goldstar ROAR award-winning "Eurydice"
and the Bay Area Premiere of Christopher Durang's "Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them."