FWD: Life Gone Viral -- New Play About the Perils of the Internet
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Award-winning actress/playwright Chris Black enters the ring for a dramatic one-woman show in Tough, which is inspired by the life of famed boxer John L. Sullivan, who traveled coast-to-coast challenging people to fights. While Sullivan's background, rise to fame and decline motivate the performance, Black's interest also lies in what it means to be strong and how athletes and performers harness that "special something" to become extraordinary. Black opens the show by throwing her hat in the ring and announcing the rules of the game, all while enjoying some good whiskey. Don't miss this unique, gender-bending performance that mixes power and poignancy. Learn More
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Featured review from Bobbie Steinhart
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Regrettably, this play was disappointing. The playwright didn't seem to know whether he wanted to write comedy or drama. The conflict between the viral nature of the Internet and one's efforts to retain privacy deserves attention. It just didn't work, here. We left at intermission, unable to face sitting through an uncertain 2nd act. I have to say, it did give us something to talk about with the couple sitting next to us at Spork -- they also left at the intermission.
About the Performers:
Charlie Varon and David Ford, both artists-in-residence at The Marsh, have been collaborating for 20 years. Varon’s previous plays have enjoyed extended runs in San Francisco, toured, been released on CD, and won numerous awards. These shows include Rabbi Sam (2009), Rush Limbaugh in Night School (1994; revived 2004), Visiting Professor of Pessimism (2003), Ten Day Soup (2002), The People’s Violin (2000), and Ralph Nader Is Missing! (1997). Varon is the recipient of a SF Bay Guardian Goldie Award and the 1994 Will Glickman Award for best new play in San Francisco. He has collaborated on and directed Dan Hoyle’s shows_ Tings Dey Happen_, which won the 2007 Will Glickman Award, and the runaway hit The Real Americans.
Jeri Lynn Cohen is a charter member of Word for Word Performing Arts Company, where she has originated roles in over a dozen shows including their critically acclaimed productions of Olive Kitteridge and More Stories by Tobias Wolff. She has appeared at ACT, Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Campo Santo, Eureka Theatre, A Jewish Theatre, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, San Jose Stage Company, and she has toured nationally and internationally with both Word for Word and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Jeri Lynn is thrilled to be collaborating on a new piece of theatre with brothers Ford and Varon … two soulful, sensitive and very funny artists she has admired for many years.