The Fantasticks: SF Playhouse Presents a Modern-Day Take on the Classic Musical
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The last date listed for The Fantasticks was Saturday September 11, 2010 / 3:00pm.
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Peek into the lives of a motley cast of characters on the morning of an English county fair in award-winning playwright Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem. Johnny "Rooster" Byron is a modern-day Pied Piper of sorts, regaling folks with fantastically impossible stories while ignoring his young son in order to sell drugs. Everyone wants a piece of Rooster, be it the local officials who want him arrested, or local thug Troy, who wants to give him a serious butt-kicking. With frequent allusions to the William Blake poem from which its title is derived, this comic, contemporary vision of rural life in modern England was nominated for both the Olivier and Tony awards for Best Play. Learn More
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Featured review from SF Raconteur
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I love the Fantasticks, and it is hard to ruin-- and this had a good cast, and really strong choreography.
FIRST the odd part. The set, costumes, and style were a Steampunk/Gothic style, which was too much of a distance from the Fansticks concept.
Thornton Wilder sais "all you need for theatre is a platform and a passion." and that is certainly what the Fantasticks need, always less-is-more with this show!
SECOND, that covered, the performances were quite strong, and the piano great (though I did miss a harp).
Matt, Louisa, and El Gallo, were by far the best I've seen, having attended dozens of different productions, including the original Off Broadway, they were just "fantasic" and strong!
For some odd reason, that unbalanced the plot, they had a woman play one of the Fathers, with a bit of flirting going on that derailed the concept.
Both parents were energetic and competent. The Mute was too much in the picture and overshadowed some of the scenes. The Old Actor and the Indian had added dialogue that did not enhanse the flow or the show.
I this cast were were in a less ornate, crowded production, this could have been a four star event!
A very well run theatre group. You are warmly greeted and everyone is energetic and efficient. I wish they would not PUSH and push their Season Ticket offer, again and again, we GOT the point the first time.
Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
SF Playhouse Artistic Director Bill English commented, “On this 50th anniversary of my favorite musical, I could not resist the opportunity to take a look at The Fantasticks from a new angle. What if the world of The Fantasticks was not so whimsical or perfect and instead reflected the war torn landscape of our current reality? How would the songs and story translate?”
The Fantasticks is a love story in the spirit of a whimsical Romeo & Juliet. Beautiful melodies, among them the hit songs "Try to Remember" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain," sparkle throughout the musical comedy and evoke the agony and rapture of young love. The SF Playhouse production presents this 50-year-old favorite from a new angle: What if the world of The Fantasticks was not so whimsical or perfect and instead reflected the war-torn landscape of our current reality? How would the songs and story translate?
In this Tom Jones (book and lyrics) and Harvey Schmidt (music) musical comedy, The Boy and The Girl grow up next door to each other, separated by a wall their feuding fathers built to keep them apart. Knowing their children would do anything they said "no" to, the forbidden wall makes The Boy and The Girl fall wildly in love with each other. Once they discover that their fathers actually planned the whole thing to get them together, their romance suffers a series of whimsical and melodramatic developments. In the end, aided by a mysterious swashbuckling dream-weaver and his comical associates, the lovers mature, and love conquers all.
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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.