January 6, 2009


Pictured: Anne Darragh, Arwen Anderson,
Lance Gardner, Liam Vincent
Rebecca White (Kid).
Photo by:James Faerron

By Lee Hartgrave


T.I.C MEANS ‘TENANTS IN COMMON’, but the tenants living in this building have absolutely nothing in common. There is a daughter who hates her dad. “He’s not my real father. He fed-exd his part of me to my mother.” Another of the tenants is a ‘flasher’ that wears a Trench Coat that is easy to open on a moments notice.

There is a mysterious bomb maker that is definitely up to something. Oh, there is a Gay Guy who has sex with his computer. Later the Gay Guy hooks up with an angry T.I.C mentally disturbed musician that writes horrible music, and sings just as badly. Right from Desperate Housewives’ Wisteria Lane, is an overly emotional, high-strung woman that wants sex so much that she will even consider having sex with anyone that walks. Sound like the building you live in?

The dialogue goes from being hip to screwball. Comic books come to mind. The action is fast. The conversations are glib and sometimes profane. Back to the daughter, who reminds of a Starbucks worker – is really high-end ‘valley girl’ talk. She annoyed me to the point that I wished she would be the one that gets killed. Not only does this creepy brat have a computer that she uses to record every movement of the other tenants, she places little cameras all over the place so that she can take pictures of them and use them on her blog. I’m wondering – why is this little bitch so unhappy? Well, it turns out that she is unhappy because she has just lost her mother, and now she has to live with a Gay man, who is her father, even though she might have been conceived with a Turkey Baster. This hate relationship runs throughout the play. At first, it was a turn-off. I wanted to get up and slap her. But, as the play goes along and the focus leaves the little whiney turd, I then began to see the humor in the play. In fact, I laughed the hardest at the most offensive and blasphemous moments. The more outrageous it became – the more I liked it.

One of the tenants does a protest against wheat by whacking at a roll of wheat with a hatchet. Now, wouldn’t that just be the best neighbor you could have? Loved this line. When a T.I.C. was asked: “What kind of work do you do?” The answer: – “I’ve never had a job, I grew up in Marin.” The Flasher announces to all, as he stands totally nude: “Your future doesn’t have to be limp” – then he shakes his limp tool. I think you get the picture. Handsome Tool by the way.

T.I.C is an artful and riveting play. It’s Neverland Ranch gone wild. You’ve just got to experience this merry romp for adults. This is “A Blast” that you’ll be telling all your friends about. The humor is absolutely astonishing. This non-stop action packed 90-minute play is faster than a high-speed train. The Encore Theater has put on “A Howl of a Triumph” with T.I.C. Yep; the Encore Theater is flying high with new works. With a Top-Flight cast, great set, terrific lighting, and Directing. The Magic Theater just crackled with excitement. The Buzz after the show was enormous. Everyone was floating. No doubt about it…this was a great moment in Theater History.

Of course it took the talents of playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, who wrote the play, and the Direction by Ken Prestininzi; He took this simmering stew and shined light on this world premiere Gem. The Actors are totally amazing. Meet the electrifying cast: Arwen Anderson (Sabra), Anne Darragh (Claudia), Lance Gardner ((Shye), Michael Shipley (Dad), Liam Vincent (Terrence), Rebecca White (Kid). Wow! What an appealing cast! Here’s the deal – “I want to see this again!”

Production by Encore Theatre

RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! (highest rating) – trademarked-

(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Sunday Datebook and produced a long-running Arts Segment on PBS KQED)))

See Lee also at: www.forallevents.com.
www.nowpublic.com. www.beyondchron.org

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