SF Playhouse Premieres Zayd Dohrn's Dark Comedy Reborning
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A fresh spin on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Into the Woods interweaves and re-imagines the stories of a number of beloved characters to examine whether "happily ever after" is really even possible. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife are lured into completing a number of tasks by a witch who promises to grant them their wish. During their journey, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the original Broadway run won critical praise and numerous awards. The cast recording, which includes "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky" and "No One Is Alone," took home a Grammy. It's set to get the Hollywood movie treatment this year in a film starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Emily Odza
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Two people with dark tragedies in their individual histories that they have yet to process intersect and are strangely drawn to each other -- a third person is like a catalyst, in a way, for the healing that must happen. It's staged partly like a comedy, partly like a mystery with dark creepy overtones. The other reviewers are right--do not go in order to 'feel good', be entertained, or think that you can take it lightly. It really got to me and I felt all the sadness embedded in those characters...empathy is the key word. We go on a journey with the main character and she makes us feel everything she feels. Acting was stellar. The main character's boyfriend, played by Alioto, is definitely the comic relief, and most welcome.
Quotes & Highlights
- This will be the world premiere of <em>Reborning,</em> which opened the 2009 Summer Play Festival at the Public Theatre in New York directed by Kip Fagan and starring Greg Keller, Ally Sheedy and Katherine Waterston (<em>Kindness</em>, "The Babysitters").
The SF Playhouse (Bill English, Artistic Director; Susi Damilano, Producing Director) presents the world premiere of Reborning by Zayd Dohrn.
This dark comedy takes an unsettling look at work, latex, and the power of creation. A young artist who crafts custom made dolls begins to suspect that a demanding client may be the mother who abandoned her at birth. As she tries to unravel the mystery, she discovers the path to her own "Reborning”.
Josh Costello will direct a cast of SF favorites. Returning from New York to play the lead role is Lauren English who recently graduated with an MFA from the Tisch Graduate Acting Program. Alexander Alioto, a fifth generation San Francisco native and Lorri Holt, most recently seen in Animals Out of Paper complete the cast.
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The aim of the SF Playhouse is to provide a creative home and inspiring environment where actors, directors, writers, designers and theater lovers converge to create works that celebrate the human spirit. Founded by Bill English and Susi Damilano in 2003, SF Playhouse is Union Square’s intimate, professional theatre. Using professional actors and world-class design, the SF Playhouse — which won the Bay Guardian‘s 2006 Best Off Broadway Theatre Award and about which the San Francisco Chronicle raved "San Francisco’s newest theatre isn’t just another tiny stage carved out of a storefront…it’s an enticing introduction to a new company" — has become an intimate theatre alternative to the traditional Union Square theatre fare, garnering 20 Bay Area Theatre Critic nominations in its first year.