FORKING II: A Merry FORKING! Christmas, a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Holiday Play
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Featured review from DarvaRed Velvet
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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. <em>A FORKING Album</em> will be available on iTunes December 14.
- The show was featured as a "Don't Miss" pick by the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/12/31/NSBB1B8RI4.DTL"><em>San Francisco Chronicle.</em></a>
- "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.'" --<a target="_blank" href="http://www.examiner.com/x-24149-SF-Literary-Culture-Examiner~y2009m12d20-A-Merry-Forking-Christmas"><em>SF Examiner</em></a>
- "A runaway Christmas classic" --<em>SF Bay Guardian </em>
- "Smashingly popular" --<em>SF Weekly</em>
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.