Acclaimed Monologist Spalding Gray Lives in Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell
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Featured review from Mister Opinion
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If you're at all a fan of Spalding Gray's work, this is a show you need to see. Though I recognized a few pieces from his public work, most of the text of this 90-minute intermission-less show is drawn from journals and unperformed work. I saw the first preview, so the actors hadn't really caught their stride yet, but even with that, this was a very enjoyable show.
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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 from Gray's oeuvre and trying to cobble together a single 90-minute show (why...continued
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Visit the Spalding Gray website.
“Hilarious … side-splittingly funny … poignant and unflinchingly sentimental.”—_San Francisco Bay Guardian _
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 multiple SF Bay Critic Circle awards, including the Best Overall Play of 2012 (Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby), The Custom Made Theatre Co. is a San Francisco-based not-for-profit theatre dedicated to ensemble-based, socially relevant productions. Custom Made, now in its 16th season, is the managing company of the Gough Street Playhouse, an intimate thrust theatre, where the company presents a six play season, along with numerous free readings, workshops and classes.