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January 7th- The Children and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

So, final night! 

The Children by Lucy Kirkwood:
The world ended a few months ago, just not all the way. A nuclear plant broke down and its wreaked havoc on the English country side. Two retired physicists living in a cottage not too far from the plant are visited by an old work friend they haven’t seen in 40 years, and she has a proposition for them. 

This was very good. It was on the shorter side, under two hours and it was really cool. There were just three actors and one tiny set. It was funny in some places, but usually sad and sweet. It really interesting to watch a play when there’s such a history between the characters and it is explained eventually but its slowly in bits and pieces. I love plays like that. It creates tension but is satisfying when you put the pieces together. I really liked this show. It was simple but powerful. The characters all felt so natural together. I think it would be fun to put on a production of this. It deals with aging and death in an interesting way. Things that Rose, the old friend, says really resonated with me and I just really liked it. It had a cool use of lighting starting with lights coming through the window to look like natural light with added candles to a more electric lighting near the very end. An enjoyable 2 hours that really made one think.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery by Henry Shields, Henry Lewis, and Jonathan Sayer:
And now for something completely different. This was HYSTERICAL. It was joke after joke after joke. It started with a who’s on first-esque joke that lasted for about 3 minutes, so you know its gonna be good.

The plot is just what it says on the tin- its a comedy about 4 people trying to rob a bank. It is not an easy road and nothing works out the way you think it will. 

This was so so funny and I would highly recommend it. The actors were fantastic. There was a police officer who was having a really rough day due to the actions of the main characters and his slow decent into madness was so funny I could barely breath. The bank manager also had his own decent into madness and it was even funnier. He kept being asked questions that made no sense to him but made total sense to us that he was just reduced to falling to all fours and screaming for a bit. It was great. Really, really funny. It was relentless. There was maybe 5 minutes in the whole 2 and half hours that I wasn’t laughing. It was a riot.

The sound track was also very nice. It was set in the 50/60′s and during transitions they would sing period songs. It was acapella and made set changes really fun to see. It was a great show to end on.

And that’s that! I have now seen 20 shows in 10 days. It was a long journey and I am exhausted, but it was so so worth it. There might be a few more posts in the next couple of days, but the bulk of this blog is over. It’s been a trip and a half and I’m glad you followed along!

Cheers!

9/1. Courting Comedy: The Show @ Dirty Trix. 408 Clement St. SF. 9PM. Free. Featuring Kevin Camia, Kristee Ono, Duat Mai, Jennifer Dronsky, Kate Willett, and Clare O'Kane. Hosted by OJ Patterson. 

Sylvan Productions presents another night of great comedy at the historic Dirty Trix Saloon. Get Yucked Up and the Friend Zone is taking a break and handing the reins to OJ Patterson, comedian/blogger/enthusiast, and he is bringing his brand of showcase featuring

Kevin Camia (Hilariously dark and brilliant, Comedy Central, SF Punch Line)
Kristee Ono (Smartly sardonic, alluringly demure, Ladies Brainwash)
Duat Mai (Abstract, hyperbolic surrealist, Rejects of Comedy)

Jennifer Dronsky (Clever, ribbing, colloquialism, Hella Gay Comedy)



and special guests
Clare O'Kane (Seriously silly, hopelessly hilarious, Sylvan Productions)
Kate Willett (Taut, spry, dashing, deadpan, The Mission Position) 

After each comedian a brief tongue and cheek, “post-game” interview occurs, giving the night a sense of depth and unpredictability. It shall be a very fun time.

11/3. Courting Comedy: The Show @ Dirty Trix. 408 Clement St. SF. 9PM. Free. Featuring Joe Tobin, Chris Burns, Jesse McGrath, Nicole Calasich, Charlie Ballard and Alison Stevenson. Hosted by OJ Patterson. 

Sylvan Productions presents another night of great comedy at the historic Dirty Trix Saloon. Get Yucked Up and the Friend Zone is taking a break and handing the reins to OJ Patterson, comedian/blogger/enthusiast, and he is bringing his brand of showcase featuring



Joe Tobin (Grinning jokesmith, East Coast sly, SF Punch Line)


Chris Burns (Sophisticated, singsong, sweetly sarcastic, Showtime’s Shameless)


Jesse McGrath (Bewildered, fetching, hilarious, PorkSausage Productions)

Nicole Calasich (Silly, feisty, fierce, bold and bubbly.)

and special guests

Charlie Ballard (Proud satirist, touted visionary, Hella Gay Comedy Show)

Alison Stevenson (Lauded, natural smart-aleck.) 

After each comedian a brief tongue and cheek, “post-game” interview occurs, giving the night a sense of depth and unpredictability. It shall be a very fun time.

[Dance Party To Follow!]