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The Gough Street Playhouse
1620 Gough St San Francisco, CA 94109
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Rated by 14 members
Jazz Lover
Review from Jazz Lover
Red Velvet 225 events 124 reviews

Funny, touching, poignant, sad!

Don't miss this production. It's wonderful!

reviewed Feb 12 2011 report as inappropriate
Allen Wagner.
Review from Allen Wagner.
170 events 76 reviews

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.

reviewed Feb 04 2011 report as inappropriate
Beth G.
Review from Beth G.
60 events 30 reviews

This was a great staged presentation of Spalding's writings. I was wondering how it would work without him reading and I thought the use of 5 actors to portray one very big complex personality worked seamlessly. My attention was on for the full 90...continued

reviewed Feb 24 2011 report as inappropriate
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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.

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