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Gough Street Playhouse
1620 Gough St San Francisco, CA 94109
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157 reviews
515 stars
attended Jan 21 2011

Most of the work you hear will be for the first time. Spalding Gray fans should make this a must see. Cast is, for the most part, very good and will only get better with time.
Very nice small theatre. Comfortable and nice staff.

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3 stars
attended Jan 21 2011

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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17 stars
attended Feb 04 2011

I didn't anticipate a reading could be that engaging, and it was. Each actor contributed much of themselves in the presentation. I recommend it.

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Quotes & Highlights

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, and Theatre Bay Area Award nominations, including the Best Overall Play of 2012, The Custom Made Theatre Co. is a San Francisco-based not-for-profit theatre dedicated to ensemble-based, socially relevant productions. Custom Made Made Theatre Co., now in its 17th season, is the main producing entity of Custom Made Theatre, an intimate 99-seat house one block from Union Square, where the company presents a six play season, along with numerous free readings, workshops and classes.