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3343 Star Starred
near the corner of Geary and Mason 415 Geary St. San Francisco, CA 94102
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take bart if you're coming from the east bay on a friday night. the venue is just off union square in sf.
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You can bring drinks into the ACT theater, but not food. The drinks are pretty well priced too at $5 for a beer and $3 for a soda.
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492 ratings
4.6 average rating
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26 events
6 reviews
8 stars
attended Jan 27 2012

Entertaining, yet thoughtful; very funny, but very touching. I would recommend this to absolutely everyone.

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190 reviews
231 stars
attended Feb 05 2012

Let me start by saying I hate clowns. Not afraid of them like some people, I just have not traditionally found them funny. Lorenzo, who claims to not be funny, was very enjoyable. I wish I'd gone earlier in the run so I could spread word how fun...continued

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7 reviews
23 stars
attended Jan 17 2012

Yes, it is a comedy but there is a wonderful blend of family turmoil and/or angst that gives the audience a peek behind the famed Pickle Family Circus. Lorenzo's jokes, pratfalls, and antics are a bonus and help shape the story.

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Quotes & Highlights

“A tour de force of physical comedy [and] a gift to the Bay Area.” -San Francisco Chronicle (highest rating)
“Spellbinding and wickedly funny … one of the most entertaining stage shows of the year” —BeyondChron
“Thoroughly endearing . . . perfectly orchestrated [and] surprisingly tender.” —San Jose Mercury News
“Hilarious … Pisoni is a master of comic timing.” __-San Francisco Examiner __
“Surprising, funny, and entirely theatrical. Other solo performers take note: you can describe your troubled childhood, but can you do it with balloons?” __—Variety __
__ __ “A heartfelt story of a son looking for what makes his father tick” —__Associated Press __
“I can completely recommend running away and joining Lorenzo Pisoni’s circus for an evening.” —Broadway World __ __ __ __ __ __


In this hilarious stage memoir filled with stupendous physical feats, Pisoni takes us under the big top with the incredible true story of growing up as the youngest member of San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus. Celebrating the complicated, no-holds-barred life of a performer, Pisoni shows off the tricks of the trade he learned from his father, Pickle cofounder Larry Pisoni. A hilarious and heartfelt event that will delight audiences of all ages, Humor Abuse dazzles with unforgettable stories and mesmerizing routines—all performed by the “one-man whirlwind” (WOR Radio) Lorenzo Pisoni.

The show runs 80 minutes with no intermission.