Venue Details

56 Star Starred
Gough Street Playhouse
1620 Gough St San Francisco, CA 94109
415-798-2682
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Member Tips

Mister Opinion
Arrive early, it's open seating.
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Mister Opinion
Wear what you will - a very casual setting.
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bk
Any seat will be fine. Small theatre
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bk
Street parking can be a challenge.
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bk
Very casual
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kivew
Take a bus
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Reviews & Ratings

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210 events
136 reviews
490 stars
attended Jan 21 2011

Most of the work you hear will be for the first time. Spalding Gray fans should make this a must see. Cast is, for the most part, very good and will only get better with time.
Very nice small theatre. Comfortable and nice staff.

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2 reviews
3 stars
attended Jan 21 2011

Good choice for this company, but the performances (as of the preview) could have used a *lot* more work.

First, I was a little worried about pulling bits and pieces... continued

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165 events
76 reviews
17 stars
attended Feb 04 2011

I didn't anticipate a reading could be that engaging, and it was. Each actor contributed much of themselves in the presentation. I recommend it.

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More Information

Website

http://www.custommade.org/season1011/spalding.php

Quotes & Highlights

Visit the Spalding Gray website.
“Hilarious … side-splittingly funny … poignant and unflinchingly sentimental.”—_San Francisco Bay Guardian _

Description

Shockingly neurotic, brutally funny, and in love with the crazy world around him, Spalding Gray invented the autobiographical monologue as we know it today. Spalding became famous throughout the world for such unforgettable pieces as _Swimming to Cambodia, _Monster in a Box and Gray’s Anatomy

Here, in Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, his collaborator and widow, Kathleen Russo, conceived a way for Gray’s words to live after on after his passing in a vibrant, creative and unexpected way.  Her loving concept was to have five actors, of mixed age and gender, take on parts of Gray’s psyche: love, family, career, adventure and, of course, journal.  Then she mixed together beloved sections of his famous works, along with never-before heard private writings, into a 90-minute narration that is both familiar and unexpected. 

The result is a sum greater than its parts.  Not only are we reminded of the genius of Spalding Gray, but we are treated to an even greater insight to the man and his complicated, funny and touching private life.     

Custom Made’s production comes just after the release of Steven Soderbergh’s documentary on Spalding Gray, And Everything is Going Fine. Gray is truly alive in both theatre and film, and Custom Made is proud to present the Bay Area Premiere of this remarkable play.

With: Leah S. Abrams, Patrick Barresi, AJ Davenport, Gabriel A. Ross  and Richard Wenzel.

About the Ticket Supplier: Custom Made Theatre Co.

Winner of the SF Bay Critic Circle award for Best Overall Play of 2012, The Custom Made Theatre Co. is a San Francisco-based not-for-profit theatre dedicated to ensemble-based, socially relevant productions. Custom Made is the managing company of the Gough Street Playhouse, an intimate thrust theatre without a bad seat in the house, where they present a five play season, along with numerous readings, workshops and classes. Most recently, Custom Made produced the Goldstar ROAR award-winning "Eurydice"
and the Bay Area Premiere of Christopher Durang's "Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them."