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The Marsh San Francisco MainStage Theater
Three blocks from 24th & Mission BART 1062 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA 94110
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4.4 / 5 Rated by 8 members
Review from cathy
64 events 24 reviews

The stories are a work in progress. I saw Part 1, and enjoyed that more than Part 2. Part 1 has 3 stories, Part 2 has two stories which should possibly be shortened. Part 2 doesn't benefit from the increased length of each story. With a little...continued

reviewed Jan 20 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from boudu
23 events 17 reviews

i hadn't seen part one; that was no problem.

charlie has two stories here, the first with some subtlety and as usual excellent characterisation; the piece kept us engaged, fully attentive throughout. the second sketched a little more broadly,...continued

reviewed Jan 20 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Suzanne Cowan
38 events 13 reviews

Charlie Varon delivers a dramatic reading of his bittersweet, gently ironic short stories reflecting the lives and observations of elderly Jewish residents of a San Francisco assisted living facility. The stories are so true-to-life that you'd...continued

reviewed Jan 06 2013 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

Read an "excerpt from “Company,”": one of the stories presented in The Listener.


*A cycle of 5 comic stories presented in 2 parts

*_The Listener_ Part 1 – Jan 5 – 13

The Listener Part 2 – Jan 20- 26

The Listener Parts 1 & 2 in succession:

Sun Jan 27 at 3pm & 7pm

Note:  _It is not necessary to see part 1 before seeing part 2 though it is recommended. Either part of “The Listener” also works on its own._

Award-winning playwright and performer Charlie Varon returns to The Marsh to read a cycle of five original short stories.

The stories in _The Listener _are comic, poignant, and brimming with ideas. The cycle follows half a dozen residents of a retirement home in San Francisco. Selma Cohen wonders whether there is a next life and, if so, what should she pack for it? Bernie Schein asks himself why, after all the Nazis did, he still wants to seduce that German teenager. And Ben Rosenau, who’s 91, regularly upsets his daughter by telling her, “No one should live past eighty.”

Varon is best known for his hit solo shows, including _Rush Limbaugh in Night School _and _Rabbi Sam, _but he has also had work published over the years in _The New Yorker, The Atlantic _and _Salon. _The Listener brings together the dramatic and literary strands of Varon’s work, as he reads the short stories with a solo performer’s craft and gusto.

“These short stories are my love letter to my parents’ generation,” Varon says, “and an exploration of what they’ve lived through. They came of age when radio was the hot new technology and now they have to figure out how to use cell phones.”


Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission. _


This performance is a staged reading, performer may have a script in hand. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Please, no infants. _

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