CRITIC’S CHOICE: TOM ORR in “A Crass Act”

A Musical Comedy Cabaret For Consenting Adults
Also playing this weekend at New Conservatory Theatre Center,
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s Good Boys & True

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

San Francisco’s “Musical Comedy Cabaret Porn Star” and award-winning lyricist Tom Orr is back at NCTC with an all-new evening of smart, sexy, and scandalous parodies in A CRASS ACT! The show opens tonight, Saturday, August 29th and runs through September 12th: Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm. All performances are in Theare 3 at The New Conservatory Theatre Center. Inspired by the legendary nightclub acts of the Manhattan, Hollywood and Vegas of yore, Orr has reunited with longtime collaborative co-conspirators, director F. Allen Sawyer and musical director and accompanist Scrumbly Koldewyn to add his satirical lyrical spin to another disarray of classic showtunes with a twist. From the tails of his tux to the tips of his taps, boas and bow ties, fishnets and flesh, Orr guarantees a swanky, skanky, swinging, brassy, classy and sassy black-tie affair to remember, with new victims to be savaged and skewered by his lascivious, lacerating wit, unending gender-bending and quicksilver quick changes. (The show contains nudity. And feathers and jock straps and insults, oh-my!)
For more information: A CRASS ACT!

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NCTC Pride Season 15 presents
GOOD BOYS & TRUE

By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and directed by John Dixon.

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Jennifer McGeorge & Erin Hoffman, Brady Boyd & Sal Mattos. Photos, Lois Tema

Set against a backdrop of 1980s privilege and power, Good Boys & True centers on a disturbing scandal at an all-boys prep school which forces a mother to confront the truth about her son and herself. As the scandal unexpectedly twists and turns, mother and son find themselves contending with long-concealed secrets. The show runs through September 20th: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. All performances take place in the Walker Theatre of The New Conservatory Theatre Center located at 25 Van Ness Avenue near Market Street in San Francisco.

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Brady Boyd & Vivian Kane, Mark Irwin. Photo, Lois Tema

THE CAST: Brady Boyd, Erin Hoffman, Jennifer McGeorge, Vivian Kane, Sal Mattos, and Mark Irwin.
Playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa received his undergraduate degree at Georgetown University, where he studied under Donn B. Murphy. He then graduated from the Yale School of Drama in 2003 where his play Rough Magic, an interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest was produced. His plays include Based on a Totally True Story, Bloody Mary, Rough Magic, Dark Matters, Good Boys and True, The Mystery Plays, and Say You Love Satan. He is one of the writers of the HBO series Big Love.

A MESSAGE FROM LILY TOMLIN:

Dear Friends of NCTC,

We are nearly there. As we enter the final weeks of this year’s James L. Coran and Walter Nelson-Rees Legacy Challenge Campaign, we only have $12,143 left to raise by August 31, 2009. That’s right; together we have raised $187,857 of our $200,000 campaign goal! Please join me in supporting the New Conservatory Theatre Center with a new or additional gift to NCTC’s Legacy Challenge Campaign. Your support will help sustain our mission to champion arts experiences that effect enlightenment and change for audiences of all ages. 
Simply click here or call Kyle Wheat, Individual Donor Associate, at NCTC: 415-861-4914 x118 to make your tax-deductible gift. During tough times it is important that the arts flourish. Nourishing the imagination feeds the soul and inspires the best in all of us.

My thanks, in advance, for your support of The New Conservatory Theatre Center.

Sincerely yours,
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Seán Martinfield
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Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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