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SF Bay Has Speakeasy, Keanu Reeves "Live", Divas in a Fest and "Serial Mom" Soon

Hello San Francisco, it’s good to be back.

"Ernest Shakeleton in Love" leaves Seattle Saturday and soon off to Off-Broadway.
"Ernest Shakeleton in Love" leaves Seattle Saturday and soon off to Off-Broadway.the web
Divafest continues in the City
Divafest continues in the Citytheexit.org

Had a thrilling time seeing and writing about New York, but I’ve missed all that is unique about the city by the Bay. But I won’t get too comfortable as I am going to Seattle this weekend and have to tell you about some wonderful shows there – reason enough to take a little weekend getaway.

But let’s stick around the Bay for the moment.

First there’s DIVAfest 2014 at the Exit Theatre.

Every year, like their wonderful Fringe Festival, the Exit showcases shows for, by and about women. There are a few interesting options this weekend.

Kristin Hersh’s Rat Girl,” is part memoir and part rock concert, but this experimental show, adapted by the wonderful Stuart Eugene Bousel, takes us on a journey through the life and times of the lead from the band, Throwing Muses. An event of cover songs and insight make this show worth looking into.

At the White Rabbit Burlesque” also sounds very intriguing with Alice falling down a mental rabbit hole as she begins her job at the White Rabbit Burlesque. Any show that uses words like “bevy” always seem to capture my attention. And the burlesque cast seem to have names even a drag queen would like to use: Red Velvet, If-N’-Whendy, Laika Fox, Ophelia Coeur De Noir, Tornado Supertrouble and Mikka Bonel.

Get more information and tickets at www.theexit.org.

I was reminded in New York about our very own Nick A. Olivero, who seems the West Coast version of New York’s Alex Timbers, the Tony nominated man behind “Here Lies Love” and “Rocky” the musical.

Olivero is still our very own genius and his “The Speakeasy” is still selling out all the time and there’s no advertising. I know it’s not because I can’t shut up about it. It’s just that no one can stop talking about the creative, inventive show.

I don’t want to keep rewriting its plot description. Let me just say don’t wait to get tickets. You can’t get them at the last minute. I see a few Thursday that are still good and perhaps a weekend or two in June. Act now by going to www.thespeakeasysf.com.

Another great holdover show, and like “The Speakeasy” you can drink in it, is “Point Break Live” - which is a great, spoofy and wonderful way to spend a Friday. And I mean a Friday as it plays the first Friday of the month only – at 7:30pm and 11pm. This show, taking the Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze action thriller of surfer dudes who rob banks dressed in masks of presidents, is a hilarious way to see someone from the audience prove he has the same acting skills as Reeves as a volunteer gets to be in the show – with cute script girl by his side, feeding him every line. Speaking of feeding, if you get a VIP ticket, you get a fun rain poncho (see me modeling one), a T-shirt and meatloaf sandwich. Fun times at the DNA Lounge can happen by going to www.pointbreaklive.com.

Thinking ahead, Peaches Christ is having yet another inspiring Mother’s Day-themed event next Saturday. She is presenting “Serial Mom,” celebrating the movie’s 20th anniversary and featuring one of the movie’s stars, Ricki Lake. In true Peaches fashion, she will be creating the entire movie with a cast of wonderful characters. Her version, “Serial Queen,” will feature D’Arcy Drollinger in the Kathleen Turner role. More on this next week, but tickets go fast, so go to www.peacheschrist.com.

Funny how it all ties together as Drollinger in June will be putting together an original musical she wrote. That may seem so far away, but it will play four performances only but Joe Wicht was just added to the cast, who is mostly known as one of the funniest queens around, Trauma Flintstone. (As a man he isn’t too shabby either.) Drollinger’s “Mr. Irresistible,” a sci-fi musical comedy thriller, also features the big voiced Jason Brock, who seems to be everywhere these days (including a concert next weekend at the Society Cabaret – www.societycabaret.com).

It plays June 4-8 only in the under-utilized Alcazar Theatre, which is almost a forgotten gem just a few blocks from Union Square.

More to come on this as well, but if you’re appetite’s whet, go to www.mrirresistiblemusical.com.

Sure there’s a lot more to see, but I need to get to the airport as Seattle is calling. I am seeing “Room with a View,” (loved it in La Jolla) and the Off-Broadway-bound musical, “Ernest Shackleton Loves Me.” Can’t wait to report it to you as I know nothing about it – but it won me over with the words “musical,” “Broadway Bound,” “book by Joe DiPietro” and “starring Wade McCollum.”

DiPetro is one of my New York favorites – having done book and lyrics for Tony Winner Best Musical “Memphis” and “The Toxic Avenger.”

McCollum is also a talent to keep your eye on. He had a wonderful role in the Bay Area’s “Fly By Night” (which is finally making it to New York but without him), he toured to great praise and acclaim in “Priscilla Queen of the Dessert” and is brillant in the internet series “Submissions Only.”

If you’re in Seattle, seek out “Ernest” and me tomorrow and get tickets at www.seattlerep.org/Buy/Tickets/Production/4848. Saturday is the last day for “Ernest” in Seattle.