Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Based On A Totally True Story at New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco

Based On A Totally True Story is a FUN new comedy playing at New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco.

Benjamin Pither (center) plays Ethan, a neurotic, insecure comic book writer/playwright in the midst of making it big in Hollywood. His handsome writer boyfriend, played by Brandon Finch (left), is caught in the whirlwind as Ethan struggles to maintain his comic book writing career, manage his father's mid-life crisis and deal with a burgeoning screen writing career.

Micheala Greeley (right) provides comic relief in the intense, high strung, anxiety-fraught life of Ethan Keene, playing the role of Ethan's zany and demanding agent and producer, Mary Ellen.

Enigmatic British pop sensation MIKA provides a lighthearted soundtrack throughout the show, including a special closing performance by the cast. You can watch MIKA's debut video "Grace Kelly" from Life in Cartoon Motion below.

And...the Best Bubble Butt On Stage Award goes to....Benjamin Pither! Don't worry, Benjamin, I have a boyfriend and I'm not a stalker. In addition to being a VERY talented actor and an all around NICE guy, I think you have a great A$$ on stage. Oops...did I say that outloud?

Go see Based On A Totally True Story!
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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Limited Engagement - Zero Hour with Jim Brochu as Zero Mostel at New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco

This is a really wonderful, dramatic, enlightening performance. You will regret it the rest of your life if you miss this opportunity to see Jim Brochu as Zero Mostel in Zero Hour. (Yes, that is a threat!)

I had the pleasure of seeing Jim's performance during a special benefit at NCTC a few months ago.  Admittedly, I was not very familiar with Zero Mostel prior to seeing Zero Hour.  However, afterward, I felt like I had been entertained and enlightened all in one evening.  

The performance was a thought provoking biopic covering the life of Zero Mostel from his early years through blacklisting during the McCarthy era to the height of his career in shows such as "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "Fiddler on the Roof," and "The Producers."

Here is an interview with Jan Wahl and Jim Brochu discussing Zero Hour and the life of Zero Mostel.

Visit the New Conservatory Theatre Center at http://www.nctcsf.org for tickets and more great shows!