West Coast Premiere of Comedy Well at the Geary Theater
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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
We went to the Saturday matinee and parked at the Donatello hotel. It was only $10 for 5 hours so you have plenty of time before or after for a bite to eat before or after. There's a half price happy hour at the hotel restaurant tooThe Orphan of Zhao info • Jun 23 2014 star this tip starred
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Our seats were in the last row of the orchestra and off to the right side. Although the Curran is relatively small, certainly we would have preferred to be closer or even in the balcony but closer. We had difficulty hearing the actors some times. The lead actress (and writer) faced upstage sometimes and was very difficult to hear. This was disappointing.
Otherwise, the show was performed well, good casting, and pleasant.
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“Smart, suggestive, and surprisingly moving.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Something magical…one of the best new plays of the season.” New York Times
Why is the playwright’s mom sitting on a recliner in the middle of the stage? The hilarious Well begins with OBIE Award-winning writer/performer Lisa Kron (2.5 Minute Ride; The Five Lesbian Brothers) performing a theater piece about her personal experiences of healing. But soon an irreverent coup d’etat breaks out onstage: the company of actors critiques the script, Kron’s onstage flashbacks don’t match her memories, and she quickly loses control. At the center of the chaos is her armchair-bound mother (played by Jayne Houdyshell in an award-winning performance), who keeps inserting her own hilarious commentary.
Written by Lisa Kron
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Featuring Lisa Kron and Jane Houdyshell