By Beryl Magilavy
just saw such a fantastic performance Sunday that I am moved to take some
action against the not-unlikely possibility that it may languish unseen in
the wilds of Potrero Hill:
A spectacular example of virtuoso acting is on offer on Potrero Hill
with L. Peter Callender's remarkable performance of Richard III (and an
assassin) at The Thick House. He appears as part of a three-person
ensemble who perform Shakespeare's play in modern dress, with minimal, but
stylish and effective, sets by Rick Martin. Can this man act! Perfect
diction makes the poetry not only understandable but moving and universal
in its depiction of the baser human impulses that are unfortunately common
in any era. Callender makes Richard believable while not lessening the
repulsiveness of his murderous course. His physical acting is highly
energetic and at times broadly comic, yet perfectly modulated: the
performance never falls into caricature. Callender can even shout the
lines "A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!" and make them sound new.
The small house, the smart audience, the overall terrific production
directed by Tony Kelly make one cautiously hopeful that the vibrant local
San Francisco theatre culture that seems to have died in recent years may
be only a bit more difficult to find. Don't miss a knockout performance
like this. They don't come along often.
|Directed by Tony Kelly, with L. Peter Callender, Rodrigo Breton,
and Selana Allen.
18th and Carolina, until April 6th.
Thick House (who thinks up these names?) is just two blocks south of that
18th Street corner with the pack of good restaurants, including one of the
city's more pleasant bars:
It's connected to
Salee’s, a Thai restaurant that last night was offering
beautiful little Nepalese girls dancing in traditional costume, along with
a family-style meal. By the end of the evening I thought I had been
transported back to the San Francisco of a livelier era.
[Editor’s note: Lingba has recently been the subject of a
nighttime entertainment controversy, which appears to be
heading toward a
resolution that Terrence Alan, San Francisco Late Night
Coalition Steering Committee Chair, says “may serve as a model for the EC
(Entertainment Commission) as it hears contentious issues.]