Smart, Existential Comedy Luv at Actors Theatre of San Francisco
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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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“…delicious spoof on a multitude of matters…” —New York Times
“…an evening of unalloyed pleasure, of sustained and perfect comedy, of total, tempestuous and glorious glee.” —_New York Herald Tribune _
“What playwright Schisgal has done is to turn the theatre of the absurd upside down.” —Time magazine
It all takes place on a suspension bridge, where three friends turn their existential woes into neuroses of vaudevillian proportions. There is Harry Berlin, a beatnik who has sunk so low that honest beatniks would disown him. He has no future except to jump off the bridge, and is about to do so when Milt Manville comes along and intervenes. Milt and Harry turn out to be college classmates. As Harry, in his rags, reveals the depth of his despair, Milt, a picture of prosperity, is all sympathy…and then confesses that he, too, is full of frustration because his wife won’t divorce him so he can marry the woman he loves. Then Milt’s wife, Ellen, appears, and a triangle of the absurd ensues that—in the tradition of all great comedy—revels in alienation, the loss of identity, inability to communicate, self expression and the meaninglessness of it all.
Directed by Jean Shelton, assisted by Phaedra Starr
Murray Schisgal (playwright) has had an extensive career, writing plays, novels, anthologies and science fiction, as well as producing plays. He received a Tony Award nomination for his play_ Luv._ Other plays include Jimmy Shine, All Over Town and The Typists, and he has been the writer and editor of several play anthologies. He has a star on the Playwrights Sidewalk for Off-Broadway Achievement in New York. In addition to being a screenwriter on “Tootsie,” Schisgal has produced several films and television programs, including “A Walk on the Moon” and “The Love Song of Barney Kempinski.” He has been nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award.