FORKING II: A Merry FORKING! Christmas, a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Holiday Play
* Additional fees apply.
All offers for FORKING II: A Merry FORKING! Christmas have expired.
The last date listed for FORKING II: A Merry FORKING! Christmas was Thursday December 30, 2010 / 8:00pm.
Most Popular Theater Event Nearby:
- Full Price:
- $20.00 - $100.00
- Our Price:
- $12.00 - $60.00
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
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Darva
view more less of this review
We loved it . . . We all thought it was laugh-out-loud funny at times, and want to go back to see other story lines. The curiosity about what would've happened had the voting gone a different direction is a great hook. Be aware there is some drug references ("special cookies"), but I took three teenagers and it was a good talking point for us the next day.
The dialogue was clever, the characters were believable, the singing was so horrid it was wonderful, and the actors were versatile and skillful. I enjoyed the piano accompaniment throughout the show; it added to the storyline, in my opinion. The pianist did an excellent job of following the action and matching the timing, and I felt the music enhanced the storytelling.
If you haven't been to this venue you may be surprised by the small stage and intimate seating. The upside is there is not a bad seat in the house - and intimacy suits this type of show.
The best advice I can give is dress in layers -- the theater tends to be uncomfortably warm upon arrival, and it only gets worse as the stage lights heat up the space.
This is welcome holiday fare -- not sugary sweet, not the typical Christmas story, but still with some Spirit of Christmas mixed in. We left the theater in high spirits, looking forward to coming back. Go!
Quotes & Highlights
- Composer Arlen Hart joins the ensemble to perform his original score live on piano. A FORKING Album will be available on iTunes December 14.
- The show was featured as a "Don't Miss" pick by the San Francisco Chronicle.
- "A series of scenes you’d be hard-pressed to find a better word for than 'poignant'... but you’d probably add 'hilarious' and 'endearing.'" --SF Examiner
- "A runaway Christmas classic" --SF Bay Guardian
- "Smashingly popular" --SF Weekly
Two years ago, San Francisco playwright Daniel Heath and local production company PianoFight caused a sensation when they came up with the novel idea of a fully scripted play in which the audience votes on how the plot will proceed. The result was FORKING!, which opened to rave reviews and played to sold out shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Heath and PianoFight are at it again, this time pitting audiences against the holidays in FORKING II: A Merry FORKING! Christmas, a choose-your-own-adventure play making its premiere at the Off-Market Theaters.
Christmas Eve is the most magical night of the year, unless of course you happen to be working at the mall. FORKING II: A Merry FORKING! Christmas chronicles the final hours of the Christmas shopping frenzy through the eyes of a pot-dealing Santa and his cookie-stand partner in crime, a mall security guard on his last legs, a bride-to-be deserted by her would-be fiancé, and a bored mortician who’s got nothing to do while those near death hang on until Christmas Day before they get back to the business of dying. The fates of these five characters and whether Christmas can be saved for each is left up to the audience who will vote at crucial forks in the plot to determine the final outcome.
About the Ticket Supplier: PianoFight Productions
PianoFight was voted the Best Theater Company in San Francisco in SF Weekly's 2009 Readers' Poll, and the Best Up-And-Coming Theater Company in the City by SF Weekly in 2011.