FORKING II: A Merry FORKING! Christmas, a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Holiday Play
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The last date listed for FORKING II: A Merry FORKING! Christmas was Thursday December 30, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from DarvaRed Velvet
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We loved it . . . We all thought it was laugh-out-loud funny at times, and want to go back to see other story lines. The curiosity about what would've happened had the voting gone a different direction is a great hook. Be aware there is some drug references ("special cookies"), but I took three teenagers and it was a good talking point for us the next day.
The dialogue was clever, the characters were believable, the singing was so horrid it was wonderful, and the actors were versatile and skillful. I enjoyed the piano accompaniment throughout the show; it added to the storyline, in my opinion. The pianist did an excellent job of following the action and matching the timing, and I felt the music enhanced the storytelling.
If you haven't been to this venue you may be surprised by the small stage and intimate seating. The upside is there is not a bad seat in the house - and intimacy suits this type of show.
The best advice I can give is dress in layers -- the theater tends to be uncomfortably warm upon arrival, and it only gets worse as the stage lights heat up the space.
This is welcome holiday fare -- not sugary sweet, not the typical Christmas story, but still with some Spirit of Christmas mixed in. We left the theater in high spirits, looking forward to coming back. Go!
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EXCELLENT SHOW! AT FIRST, I WAS NOT IMPRESSED BY THE SMALL SET/STAGE IN AN UNMARKED OFFICE BUILDING AND THE OLD, NASTY RESTROOM. BUT AS SOON AS THE PLAY BEGAN, GREAT TALENT APPEARED! THE PLAY EXCEEDED ALL MY EXPECTATIONS! IT WAS ENTERTAINING,...continued
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Another great production from Piano Fight.
Lots of fun, lots of humor, excellent acting, excellent storyline.
The audience participation by voting on the plot twists was fun, as those moments came at very opportune times (although, most of...continued
Quotes & Highlights
Composer Arlen Hart joins the ensemble to perform his original score live on piano. A FORKING Album will be available on iTunes December 14.
The show was featured as a “Don’t Miss” pick by the San Francisco Chronicle.
“A series of scenes you’d be hard-pressed to find a better word for than ‘poignant’… but you’d probably add ‘hilarious’ and ‘endearing.’” —SF Examiner
“A runaway Christmas classic” —_SF Bay Guardian _
“Smashingly popular” —SF Weekly
Two years ago, San Francisco playwright Daniel Heath and local production company PianoFight caused a sensation when they came up with the novel idea of a fully scripted play in which the audience votes on how the plot will proceed. The result was_ FORKING!_, which opened to rave reviews and played to sold out shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Heath and PianoFight are at it again, this time pitting audiences against the holidays in FORKING II: A Merry FORKING! Christmas, a choose-your-own-adventure play making its premiere at the Off-Market Theaters.
Christmas Eve is the most magical night of the year, unless of course you happen to be working at the mall._ FORKING II: A Merry FORKING! Christmas _chronicles the final hours of the Christmas shopping frenzy through the eyes of a pot-dealing Santa and his cookie-stand partner in crime, a mall security guard on his last legs, a bride-to-be deserted by her would-be fiancé, and a bored mortician who’s got nothing to do while those near death hang on until Christmas Day before they get back to the business of dying. The fates of these five characters and whether Christmas can be saved for each is left up to the audience who will vote at crucial forks in the plot to determine the final outcome.
About the Ticket Supplier: PianoFight Productions
PIANOFIGHT was formed by Rob Ready, Dan Williams and Kevin Fink in 2007. After completing a $1.2 million fundraising campaign, 10% of which was crowd-funded through the largest Theater Kickstarter for a New Live Performance Venue ever, PianoFight has completed its home at 144 Taylor Street in San Francisco. The venue contains three rehearsal spaces, two black box theaters (42-seater and a 92-seater), and a full restaurant and bar with a cabaret stage. Since its inception, PianoFight has successfully managed venues (Off-Market Theater Complex); created the largest audience-judged playwriting competition in the country (ShortLived); instigated a fully-scripted, choose-your-own-adventure play series (FORKING!); recklessly invited audiences to Throw Rotten Veggies at the Actors Nights; formed two critically acclaimed sketch comedy groups (Mission CTRL and Chardonnay); toured the coast of California (Endless Weekend Tour I & II); created a surf rock band (Das Haus Band) and a soul band (PianoFight Music Department); launched a film department that retains corporate and artistic clients; and built a three-man producing team into a 48-member company of artists while staying true to its mission of producing New Work by New Artists ™. We’ve also consumed vast oceans of beer and have had one hell of a time in the process. PianoFight is committed to making 144 Taylor St. San Francisco’s next landmark entertainment venue. PianoFight was voted the Best Theater Company in San Francisco in SF Weekly‘s 2009 Readers’ Poll, and the Best Up-And-Coming Theater Company in the City by SF Weekly in 2011. In 2012, PianoFight won the SF Bay Guardian’s Goldie Award for Theater.