The Great Plotnik

Monday, January 24, 2011

One Show to Laugh With, Another to Sock You in the Gut

What a weekend -- two fantastic shows, both completely different. For pure escapism Saturday night there was a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Thirty Nine Steps," at Theatreworks in Mountain View, which was inspired silliness and belly laughs; last night was Mike Daisey's "The Agony and Ecstacy of Steve Jobs" which will be one of the best shows of this year or any year. Funny but gut-wrenching, this Mike Daisey show helps Plotnik understand why there is so much buzz out there about this man. You can read both San Francisco Theater Blog reviews here.

The Thirty Nine Steps

The Agony and Ecstacy of Steve Jobs

It must be a lot of fun to put on a show like The Thirty Nine Steps, where four actors play at least forty roles. It can't be fun to do The Agony and Ecstacy of Steve Jobs every night, because Mike Daisey agonizes over the dichotomy we all should face but don't: Cool, brilliantly designed Apple products made by hundreds of thousands of Chinese laborers working under conditions unimaginable to Americans.


At 9:16 PM, Anonymous jj-aka-pp said...

We tried to get the rights to "39 Steps" for this season, but it was available to professional companies only. Sally is SO ANXIOUS to direct this show.I saw the touring show last is SO fun and yes would be fun to do.

At 8:51 AM, Blogger mary ann said...

sounds fabulous

At 9:26 AM, Blogger DAK said...

Jen, can you imagine the guys from 'Tuna' in this company? You know, the original Scottish revival was a two man cast, not four.

At 7:36 PM, Anonymous jj-aka-pp said...

2?!?!?!? for "39 steps"??????
I can't wait to tell Sally!
YR:AE*GYII:A:DPFGMA.....ah! Katie just walked over the keyboard to say "HI"


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