News, notes and updates from the Bay Area arts and culture scene
Monday, October 15, 2007
Impact Theatre season announced
Impact Theatre, the gutsy - some might say anarchic - little company that puts on plays in a Berkeley pizza parlor basement, has finally gotten around to announcing its current season. We say "finally" because Impact plunged into its 12th season early in September with the West Coast premiere of Steven Yockey's offbeat "Sleepy." Artistic Director Melissa Hillman bided her time for another month, getting her full season lined up before announcing the rest.
Two of the shows build on past Impact crowd-pleasers. "A Very Special Money & Run Winter Season Holiday Special," opening Nov. 16 - Impact's first actual holiday show - is the fifth episode of Wayne S. Rawley's cartoon-ish action-adventure serial. This time his outlaw heroes hole up at a motel where a pregnant virgin and her boyfriend have been told to sleep in the garage. In February, the company returns to Prince Gomolvilas and songwriter Brandon Patton's popular "Jukebox Stories" with the follow-up "Jukebox Stories: The Case of the Creamy Foam."
The season closes in May with Impact's annual classic, this time John Ford's "'Tis Pity She's a Whore" - oddly, just about the same time the American Conservatory Theater will be closing its season with the same Jacobean gore-and-incest tragedy. Must be something in the air. Well before the next play opens, though, Impact is staging what it calls "Full Houses," a benefit poker tournament, at its home in La Val's Subterranean. Full information at (510) 464-4468 or www.impacttheatre.com.
When I first skimmed through that article and saw 'Tis a Pity She's a Whore, I for a second thought that was the title of my show. Reflex. (Some would say "gag reflex.")
And you know, what I want to know is, when did Brandon Patton grow his beard out?! (It looks good, Brando.) And what is he doing in Iceland?! And how come I frequently overuse the question mark/exclamation point combination?!