Larry Rekow debuts as a writer in this medley of short plays that feature a wealth of characters including a sailor-mouthed nun, a martini-swigging salesman, a Christian fundamentalist delivery boy who loves earthquakes, a blonde with something up her sleeve, a priest who insists on following the rules and a parishioner who doesn't.
Each of the short plays is an ironic twist on a cultural theme. In one, a priest is asked by a young man to give his mother her last rites and then he drives the priest away, condemning the Church for the way it has treated his mother for years.
The ambitious production features a cast of 11 and four directors, giving the production a complex surface that asks the audience to assemble it as a whole or take it as it is. Taken as a whole, the performance mirrors post-modern life with all its disconnected themes and rules with the individual tasked with at least navigating, if not understanding, the obstacle course of existence. The performance is a rich theatrical experience that is always provocative and frequently funny.
Shaken Not Stirred played at the Phoenix Annex on Mason Street in San Francisco.